Facebook says it removed 262 Pages, 356 accounts, three groups, and 162 Instagram accounts tied to Iran for engaging in coordinated inauthentic behavior — Today we removed multiple Pages, groups and accounts that engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior on Facebook and Instagram.
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Anna Hensel / VentureBeat: Twitter froze suspicious accounts linked to Iran, Russia, and Venezuela ahead of 2018 U.S. midterms
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch: Facebook just removed a new wave of suspicious activity linked to Iran
Alyssa Newcomb / Fortune: Facebook Says It Removed 783 Accounts Tied to an Iranian Manipulation Campaign
Julia Carrie Wong / The Guardian: Facebook and Twitter removed hundreds of accounts linked to Iran, Russia and Venezuela
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN: Facebook and Twitter remove thousands of fake accounts tied to Russia, Venezuela and Iran
Janko Roettgers / @jank0: Interesting bit coming out of that Facebook call about take-downs of pages from Iran: Facebook was tipped off by Twitter on this.
Marty Swant / @martyswant: Facebook says it's removed 783 “pages, groups and accounts” for engaging in coordinated activity tied to inauthentic accounts ties to Iran. Many of these were localized for more than a dozen countries around the world in a way that pretended to be local users sharing fake news.
Marty Swant / @martyswant: At least 2 million users followed at least one of the fake accounts, with about $30,000 spent on ads on Facebook and Instagram. (Not all of the 2 million saw posts and events, so it's a mix of organic and paid reach.)
Jeff Stone / CyberScoop: Facebook removes nearly 800 pages for magnifying state media throughout the Middle East
Rob Price / Business Insider: Facebook and Twitter just took down hundreds of fake accounts from Iran and elsewhere …
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Twitter says it removed thousands of malicious accounts that originated in Iran, Russia, and Venezuela for spreading disinformation about the 2018 midterms
Twitter says it removed thousands of malicious accounts that originated in Iran, Russia, and Venezuela for spreading disinformation about the 2018 midterms
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Shirin Ghaffary / Recode: Facebook said it has taken down nearly 800 fake pages and accounts from Iran
Carlos Monje Jr / Twitter: 2018 U.S. midterm elections review
Ben Collins / NBC News: Twitter and Facebook say they removed thousands of troll accounts in run-up to 2018 midterms
Nina Jankowicz / @wiczipedia: Interested to see whether Twitter is as transparent with this takedown as it was with previous ones. This sort of transparency is important in shining sunlight on the tactics bad actors use to manipulate online discourse. http://twitter.com/...
Katie Paul / Reuters: Foreign efforts to influence 2018 U.S. elections on Twitter ‘limited’: company
Dennis Herring / @dcherring: Or as the lawyer joke goes: A good start. cc @lauferlaw ;) http://twitter.com/...
Kathryn Krawczyk / The Week: Thousands of Twitter trolls tried to use Russia's 2016 techniques on the 2018 midterms
Jack Morse / Mashable: Twitter suspends thousands of accounts for potential ties to ‘foreign information operations’
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Hulu to launch banner ads, which will appear after viewers pause video, in Q2 2019; hopes all non-disruptive ads will comprise 50% of ad revenue within 3 years — Just to get this out of the way: Yes, Hulu is introducing an ad unit that will show up when you pause a video. But no, the ad won't be a video.
Discussion: Digiday, AdExchanger, Hulu, /Film, The Verge, Mashable, Adweek, Gizmodo, Fast Company and 9to5Mac
Tim Peterson / Digiday: Hulu will run on-screen banner ads when people pause shows
Allison Schiff / AdExchanger: Hulu Hits Play On Pause Ads
Jeremy Helfand / Hulu: Hulu Unveils New Pause Ad Experience
Hoai-Tran Bui / /Film: Hulu is Now Planning to Run Ads When Users Pause Videos
Julia Alexander / The Verge: Hulu will soon show users ads when videos are paused
Matt Binder / Mashable: Hulu will soon show ads when you pause a video
Melanie Ehrenkranz / Gizmodo: Hulu Is Experimenting With a Charmin Bear Chilling on Your Pause Screen
Jared Newman / Fast Company: Hulu knows video ads on pause would make you throw your TV out the window
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Penske Media has bought the 49% of Rolling Stone that it didn't already own, from minority owner BandLab Technologies — Last week, Penske Media Corporation signed a deal to purchase the rest of the magazine, following a majority takeover in 2017. — Over the past few years …
Edmund Lee / New York Times:
A look at the legal grounds for Locast's existence and its role in the relationship between broadcasters and cable, satellite companies — Want to watch the Super Bowl and other network TV for free? A start-up called Locast will let you, and (so far) the big broadcasters aren't trying to stop it.
Discussion: @edmundlee, Fast Company, @ronlieber, The Verge, Broadcasting & Cable and @mathewi
Edmund Lee / @edmundlee: This guy is daring the major broadcast networks to sue him with his free streaming service. They'd rather people just not know it exists, so I wrote about it: http://www.nytimes.com/...
Jared Newman / Fast Company: How to watch Locast: A brief guide to the free local TV streaming service
@ronlieber: Intellectual mischief! An antenna on a Trump building!! All the networks were too cowardly to comment — ALL OF THEM!!! What a delight. http://twitter.com/...
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge: Locast lets you stream local TV for free
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable: Locast TV Station Streaming Service Expands to D.C., Baltimore
Jeremy Littau / Wired:
Monopolistic thinking and lack of attention to the internet's role in distribution has decimated media, but foundation journalism, subs, and community can help — LAST WEEK, LAYOFFS at BuzzFeed, HuffPost, and Gannett landed like consecutive punches. The news signaled a difficult year ahead …
Discussion: @jeremylittau, @nxthompson, @marklittlenews, @lauraelizdavis, @benwhitelaw, @mayerjoy, @tomrosenstiel, @ash_detroit, @wired, @jeremylittau and @lenfestinst
Jeremy Littau / @jeremylittau: So one thing I gave some limited attention to in my thread last week was how the distribution model changed and broke the media economy. I wanted a chance to go deeper on that problem and the lessons for new media economies. My latest from @wired is here: http://www.wired.com/...
Nicholas Thompson / @nxthompson: Who broke the newspaper industry? Was it Facebook? Was it the Internet? Eh: Kind of. But mainly it's that the industry didn't evolve to meet new community needs once the geographic monopoly ended. http://www.wired.com/...
Mark Little / @marklittlenews: “Journalism has been slow to realize that its competitive advantage was always in being embedded in communities and serving the public interest.” http://www.wired.com/...
Laura E. Davis / @lauraelizdavis: A good summary of what we already know but need a reminder about, because unfortunately people continue to live in delusion http://www.wired.com/...
Ben Whitelaw / @benwhitelaw: “Remaking news systems, particularly for local news, starts with listening. Some of the most promising news innovations of the past decade.. have built their entire strategy around audience engagement and community needs” - @JeremyLittau https://www.wired.com/...
Joy Mayer / @mayerjoy: Insightful piece from @JeremyLittau in @WIRED (with a #TrustingNews shoutout). https://www.wired.com/... pic.twitter.com/it0sSN6BdR
Tom Rosenstiel / @tomrosenstiel: . @claychristensen wrote the book. And industry after industry keeps proving it. @ClarkGilbert
Ashley Woods Branch / @ash_detroit: This is fantastic. Does BuzzFeed's layoffs have anything to do with replicating the bundling strategy of newspapers? Can a digital media company succeed supporting a national security desk AND user-generated Disney quizzes?
@wired: Last week, @JeremyLittau wrote this excellent thread in the wake of all the media layoffs. Today, he followed it up with an in-depth look at how the industry got here and where it should go next: https://buff.ly/2UvDuQq https://twitter.com/...
Jeremy Littau / @jeremylittau: Given how data-driven they are I'd suggest the answer to your question is yes (and implied at the end). BF and HP are interesting to me because they tried to be general-interest like classic newspapers. But the upshot of that is something is subsidizing something.
Lenfest Institute / @lenfestinst: Smart column from @JeremyLittau on the history and future of local journalism: “Rebuilding local media starts with figuring out what people truly want and need from their news, now that the excess has been stripped away” https://www.wired.com/... pic.twitter.com/MNQOtPGuqJ
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Evgeny Lebedev has sold ~20% of Lebedev Holdings, which has a ~90% stake in the Evening Standard, to a company in the Caymans; a Saudi investor may be the buyer — London newspaper refuses to reveal identity of new financial backer — An anonymous offshore investor has taken a 20% stake …
Discussion: Financial Times, Press Gazette, Jon Slattery, @michaelpmdavis, @adambienkov and @professorshaw
Financial Times: Filing: In December, Evgeny Lebedev sold ~20% of Lebedev Holdings, which has a ~90% stake in the Evening Standard, to a company registered in the Cayman Islands
James Walker / Press Gazette: Unnamed investor snaps up 20 per cent stake in Evening Standard through Cayman Island company
Jon Slattery: NewsGuard, whose trustworthiness ratings are available on Chrome and Edge, improves its rating of the Daily Mail from red to green to reflect its accuracy
Mike Davis / @michaelpmdavis: “It's disturbing that people can secretly buy our newspapers and exert their influence from the shadows. #Anonymouscompanies, like the one that now owns 20% of the #EveningStandard's parent company, should be a thing of the past,” - @Ava_L_ @Global_Witness http://www.theguardian.com/...
Adam Bienkov / @adambienkov: London's only dedicated newspaper, which is edited by a former Conservative chancellor, and owned by Russian oligarchs, is now partly owned by a mystery investor hiding behind a company based in the Cayman Islands. http://www.ft.com/...
Tamsin Shaw / @professorshaw: Dark money. It should be a legal obligation to disclose ownership of these off-shore companies. NYC just made it a condition of doing real estate deals. Don't know how they'll sell all those new luxury condos on the west side now (prices are going down) but transparency is good. http://twitter.com/...
James Walker / Press Gazette:
NewsGuard, whose trustworthiness ratings are available on Chrome and Edge, improves its rating of the Daily Mail from red to green to indicate its accuracy — US news website rating tool Newsguard has changed its verdict on Mail Online after originally declaring the UK's most-read news website failed …
Discussion: Nieman Lab, @markdistef and @niemanlab
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab: NewsGuard changed its mind about The Daily Mail's quality: It's green now, not red
Mark Di Stefano / @markdistef: And thereby making the tool ridiculous. http://twitter.com/...
Owen Bowcott / The Guardian:
US district court rules that Syria is liable for the killing of Sunday Times correspondent Marie Colvin, awards $300M+ in damages — Syria ordered to pay $300m over death of Sunday Times journalist in ‘targeted’ shelling in 2012 — The Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad has been held liable …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette: US judge rules Assad regime liable for killing of Marie Colvin and awards $300m in damages to war reporter's family
Committee to Protect Journalists: US court: Syria ‘planned, executed extrajudicial killing’ of Marie Colvin
Madison Darbyshire / Financial Times: US court finds Syrian government liable for Marie Colvin killing
Women in the World: U.S court finds Syria liable for ‘targeted murder’ of journalist Marie Colvin, orders $300m damages
Hayley Barlow / @hayley_barlow: “It's now officially murder. Marie Colvin's death wasn't an accident.” “Today's verdict gives us hope for a serious look at what this regime was up to. I feel a huge sense of relief.” Photographer Paul Conroy @reflextv on Syria found guilty. pic.twitter.com/CXIC7qOBnL
Robin Lustig / @robinlustig: A huge victory for Marie's family — and a welcome reminder to governments tempted to start doing business again with Assad. http://www.theguardian.com/...
Nicholas Kristof / @nickkristof: Marie Colvin was one of the greatest and most courageous war correspondents, murdered by Assad's government in Syria. Finally, there is accountability. http://twitter.com/...
Nader Hashemi / @naderalihashemi: “Marie dedicated her life to fighting for justice on behalf of the victims of war & ensuring that their stories were heard. This case is an extension of her legacy, & I think she'd be proud of what we achieved today.” http://www.theguardian.com/... @radwanziadeh @im_PULSE @NickKristof
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: CBS board wants company to grow, first through a merger with Viacom, possibly followed by Discovery acquisition; CBS hoping to find CEO by end of March — The CBS board has decided the company needs to get bigger, but merging with Viacom is not enough for Shari Redstone …
Discussion: Bloomberg, Los Angeles Times and Variety
Jared Newman / Fast Company:
Free ad-supported streaming services are on the rise as consumers reach subscription overload and premium services move away from licensed video — People who pooh-pooh the cord-cutting phenomenon love to argue that the cost of streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu really adds up …
Discussion: Forbes, Light Reading, TechCrunch, MediaPost, Multichannel News and Tubefilter
Jeff Baumgartner / Light Reading: Wow, Free OTT Video Sure Costs a Lot
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Free streaming service Tubi plans to invest $100M+ on content in 2019, expand internationally
Wayne Friedman / MediaPost: AVOD Platform Tubi Is Profitable, Ad Revenues Soar
Daniel Frankel / Multichannel News: Tubi Takes $25M Loan, Prepares to Spend More Than $100M on Content
Two writers for conservative RedState, owned by Salem Media, say they are quitting because of the site's pro-Trump stance and stifling of any Trump criticism — For more than a decade, RedState was a solid voice in the world of online conservative commentary.
Ben / @benhowe: We had, at the time, been a chorus of mockery when it came to Trump. So were were instructed that while the book deal was underway our front page disdain for him was not welcome.
Ben / @benhowe: I recall @EWErickson, our editor at the time, being furious about it and telling all of us that while the edict was out of his hands there had been no rules regarding our conduct elsewhere and he encouraged us to amp up whatever our criticisms were on social media/other websites.
Ben / @benhowe: It was as though he did the Tony Soprano divorce move of calling every lawyer in town with no intention of actually hiring them, just to create conflicts that would prevent his wife from hiring her own attorney.
Ben / @benhowe: I'll never forget RedState's old owners, Eagle Publishing, sending down an edict that they were negotiating a book deal with Trump (who at the time was publicly talking about running for president) and apparently he was unhappy about our front page criticism of him.
Bradley P. Moss / @bradmossesq: One of the main stories of the Trump era remains the absolute shattering of objectivity among conservative media and political figures. You're essentially required to kneel at the altar of Trump, or they shut you out. Dissent is not permitted. http://thebulwark.com/...
Kimberly Ross / @southernkeeks: Today, after almost 4 years at RedState, I submitted my resignation. This is why. Why We Are Quitting RedState https://thebulwark.com/... via @BulwarkOnline
Jay Rosen / @jayrosen_nyu: I always read “conservatives wake up and realize he will destroy conservatism too and try to warn each other about it...” stories. This one via @oliverdarcy http://thebulwark.com/...
Oliver Darcy / @oliverdarcy: Resigning from RedState, @SouthernKeeks and @AndreaNRuth write, “A toxic, poisonous conservative media is like a parasite for the conservative movement— and, make no mistake, it will eventually kill it” http://thebulwark.com/... http://twitter.com/...
Eugene Scott / @eugene_scott: Former @RedState writers: “We learned personally that writers who dare to examine President Trump or the MAGA mentality are purposely suppressed in private or even publicly criticized.” http://thebulwark.com/...
Brooke Rogers / @bkerogers: Three of RedState's writers resigned today. @SouthernKeeks and @AndreaNRuth explained their reasons for leaving here, and boy, oh, boy: It gets to the point. https://thebulwark.com/... pic.twitter.com/DDcWP8PjBx
@bulwarkonline: “We publish this with the hope that it serves to push the Republican Party and conservative media back to the ones we respected, admired, and believed in.” @SouthernKeeks and @AndreaNRuth on why they left RedState https://thebulwark.com/... pic.twitter.com/yyiIORr4qa
Justin Baragona / Contemptor: RedState Writers Quit Over Conservative Site's ‘Refusal To Accept Any Legitimate Criticism Of Trump’
Brooke Rogers / @bkerogers: The right talks a lot about media bias (as it should!) but this is actual suppression of dissent from a major right-wing media company. They went so far as to instruct employees not to DISCUSS an event that made a Trump supporter look bad. That's insane.
Jerry Iannelli / @jerryiannelli: Extremely telling that these people are quitting RedState for going MAGA while at the same time praising Never-Trumper Erick Erickson, the “reasonable conservative” who recently endorsed the practice of disemboweling dissidents and chucking them from helicopters into the sea https://twitter.com/...
Tom Nichols / @radiofreetom: This is a must-read. I have disagreed at times with @SouthernKeeks and @AndreaNRuth, because conservatives should and do have disagreements. Good for them, however, to stand up for what's right. | Why We Are Quitting RedState https://thebulwark.com/... via @BulwarkOnline
Santa / @sarahmquinlan: I submitted my resignation from RedState this morning. It's hard to put into words just how much I truly loved being able to write for the RedState audience over the past year, so I'm *extremely* grateful for the opportunity to do so. However, it was simply no longer a good fit.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
The Criterion Collection says it will launch Criterion Channel, a new streaming service, on April 8 in US and Canada for $10.99/month or $99.99/year — Movie buffs left out in the cold by FilmStruck's demise will soon get a new streaming service stocked with over 1,000 classic …
Discussion: MacRumors, Android Police, The Wrap, Engadget and Vanity Fair, more at Techmeme »
Mitchel Broussard / MacRumors: Criterion Collection Launching $11/Month Streaming Service in April, Coming to tvOS and iOS
Ryne Hager / Android Police: Criterion's new classic movie streaming service launches on April 8, discount for early subscribers
Yohana Desta / Vanity Fair: After the Death of FilmStruck, Criterion Officially Launches Its Own Streaming Service