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2:05 PM ET, December 30, 2018

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Los Angeles Times:
Malware attack on Tribune Publishing's network disrupts the printing and distribution of Saturday editions of LA Times, WSJ, NYT, and other papers  —  What first arose as a server outage was identified Saturday as a malware attack, which appears to have originated from outside the United States …
Joe Marusak / The Charlotte Observer:
Facebook apologizes to Franklin Graham for suspending his ability to post for 24 hours and taking down a 2016 post about an NC bathroom law, restores the post  —  Facebook is apologizing to evangelist Franklin Graham for banning him from posting on the site for 24 hours last week …
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 …
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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.
Facebook:
Facebook responds to NYT report about its content moderation practices, says its policies are public and that it has about 15,000 content reviewers globally
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Disney Media Networks and Verizon reach a new carriage deal, avoiding a conflict that could have taken ESPN football games off the air for Fios customers  —  Walt Disney and Verizon have struck a new carriage agreement, avoiding a showdown that might have taken popular ESPN college-football games away …
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 …
Washington Post:
How online hate and its long-term effects lingered for seven people in 2018, including a Parkland shooting survivor, a CNN journalist, and a track cyclist  —  It cost a school-shooting victim the safety of home.  —  It cost an athlete the joy of a victory.  —  It cost the family of a gay teen a battle with their community.
Isabela Dias / Slate:
After election in Brazil, ventures like Multidao, Agencia Publica, and Journalists for Democracy launch crowdfunding campaigns to finance independent journalism  —  How the country's independent journalists are getting ready for the Bolsonaro era.  —  The polarized Brazilian presidential election …
Discussion: @ggreenwald
Al Jazeera:
Following a Tunisian journalist's self-immolation, the journalists' union calls for a strike on January 14 to protest conditions of media workers in the country  —  Fourteen people held as protests take place in six towns, including Kasserine where Abderrazak Zorgui self-immolated.
 
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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
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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
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
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