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10:35 AM ET, December 29, 2018

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 Top News: 
Max Fisher / New York Times:
1400+ pages of leaked Facebook content rules show the company is censoring mainstream speech in some countries while extremist language flourishes in others  —  Under fire for stirring up distrust and violence, the social network has vowed to police its users.  But leaked documents raise serious questions about its approach.
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Mark Zuckerberg:
Zuckerberg posts an overview of Facebook's efforts in 2018 to prevent harm on its services, like fighting hate speech and misinformation, adding ad transparency  —  For 2018, my personal challenge has been to focus on addressing some of the most important issues facing our community …
Peter Rubin / Wired:
Netflix debuts its first choose-your-own-storyline movie, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, developed over 18 months using Twine, a game writing tool  —  BY NEARLY ANY measure, Netflix has had a ridiculous year.  When all is said and done, the company will have spent upwards of $10 billion …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: New York Yankees in talks with Amazon, Sinclair about joint bid for the team's regional network, YES, that Disney must sell as part of Fox acquisition  —  Baseball team has also spoken with Altice USA and RedBird Capital about buying remaining 80% stake from Disney
Patrick Radden Keefe / New Yorker:
A profile of Mark Burnett, the Hollywood producer behind the TV hit “The Apprentice” which elevated Trump from a tabloid figure of fun to an icon of success  —  With “The Apprentice,” the TV producer mythologized Trump—then a floundering D-lister—as the ultimate titan, paving his way to the Presidency.
Matthew Schafer / BuzzFeed News:
A look at the role public records played in BuzzFeed News reporting in 2018, a year during which it filed ten FOIA lawsuits in federal courts  —  Texas was in a bind.  The manufacturer of pentobarbital, the drug Texas uses to execute death row inmates, had prohibited its distributors …
Jason M. Bailey / New York Times:
Video game makers grapple with how to represent athletes due to litigation over the depiction of their tattoos, whose copyright is owned by tattoo artists  —  When LeBron James bounds down a basketball court, he is both a transcendent athlete and a prominent palette for dozens of tattoos.
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Nyay Bhushan / Hollywood Reporter:
In addition to bigger show budgets and higher pay for screenwriters, US streamers are bringing Hollywood industry practices, like writers rooms, to India  —  As Netflix, Amazon and Fox-Disney battle it out for digital market share in the world's second-most-populous nation …
 
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Wolfgang Spahr / Billboard:
German music channel Viva is shutting down on December 31 after 25 years; parent company Viacom wants to focus on MTV, Comedy Central, and Nickelodeon
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:
An NYT story about a disinformation experiment in Alabama election didn't disclose its reporter had spoken at an event organised by the company behind it
Laura Kayali / Politico:
David Kaye, the UN's Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Opinion, says Trump is the worst perpetrator of false information in the US
Alex Marshall / New York Times:
As Turkey's TV shows gain popularity worldwide, Netflix produces its first Turkish show, free from some “moral values” rules governing Turkey's TV broadcasters
 Earlier Picks: 
James Ball / The Guardian:
The UK media's lobby system of political journalism, which encourages coziness between politicians and journalists and suits those in power, should be scrapped
Mat dos Santos / ACLU:
Mayor of Portland, OR invited select reporters to visit police command center based on “fair and consistent” coverage, required NDA; all invitees declined
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
A look at Trump's relationship with the press in 2018: 70+ interviews granted but traditional briefings eschewed, anti-press rhetoric that led to violence, more