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9:20 AM ET, February 18, 2019

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Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
UK parliament's report on fake news and disinformation says “digital gangster” Facebook deliberately broke laws, calls for antitrust, data abuse investigations  —  A final report by a British parliamentary committee which spent months last year investigating online political disinformation makes …
Taylor Lorenz / The Atlantic:
Kara Swisher and Jack Dorsey's #KaraJack chat showed Twitter needs major product fixes to make it easier to follow complex public conversations  —  Without major fixes to the product, the platform will never be a place for complex discussions.  —  Earlier this week, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Though media awareness of gender bias in covering political candidates has grown since 2016, coverage continues to focus on flaws it forgives in male candidates  —  If you think the media treatment of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign was not seriously marred by sexism …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
The BBC has apologized after a commentator was heard on mic uttering profanities during a live broadcast  —  Commentator overheard lamenting MPs' resignations during press conference  —  Play Video  —  BBC viewers watching the defection of seven MPs from the Labour party on Monday morning overheard …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Study: in 2017, ~17M US content creators, up 16.6% YoY, earned ~$6.8B, up 17% YoY, on nine leading platforms including Instagram, Twitch, Tumblr, and YouTube  —  A year ago, we wrote about a wonderful study that showed how the internet and its various platforms were (contrary to the stories …
South China Morning Post:
Xuexi Qiangguo, a propaganda app with Snapchat-like messaging features developed by China's Communist Party, becomes top free app on Apple's App Store in China  —  The Xuexi Qiangguo app is now most downloaded item on Apple's App Store in China, surpassing popular social media apps such as WeChat and TikTok.
Rita Liao / TechCrunch:
Alibaba acquires 8% stake in Nasdaq-listed Chinese anime streaming site Bilibili; Tencent paid $320M for its 12.3% stake in Bilibili in October  —  Ecommerce giant Alibaba is continuing its push into the world of youth culture after it scooped up an 8 percent stake in anime streaming and game publishing company Bilibili.
Amal Ahmed / Columbia Journalism Review:
How ISPU, a think tank focusing on religious minorities, uses poll data and reports to help journalists challenge stereotypical portrayals of Muslim Americans  —  Muslim Americans are more likely to marry outside their faith tradition than Protestants.  A third of the members …
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Wall Street Journal:
An account of the rise and untimely death of Vine and HQ Trivia cofounder Colin Kroll, based on interviews with and documents from friends, police, and others  —  Self-taught coder Colin Kroll shot to startup fame, allowing him to live life in a fast lane  —  Colin Kroll, a college dropout …
James Wagner / New York Times:
Profile of Sports Reference, a family of sports websites with 11 full-time staff, that its founder says had 1B page views last year  —  PHILADELPHIA — While writing a sermon in September, Cheryl Pyrch, the pastor of Summit Presbyterian Church, needed an assist.
Michael S. Rosenwald / Washington Post:
A history of how many 19th century newspapers blackmailed prominent figures, made newly relevant following the Jeff Bezos-National Enquirer scandal  —  After buying The Washington Post in 2013, Jeffrey P. Bezos visited the newsroom and answered questions from employees in a town-hall-style meeting.
Jason Koebler / Motherboard:
Blippi, a YouTube star popular with kids, says he used DMCA takedown notices for years to remove Harlem Shake Poop, an embarrassing 2013 video he starred in  —  Someone claiming to represent Blippi filed DMCA copyright takedown requests to Google in order to get an embarrassing viral video hidden.
 
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Daniel Funke / Poynter:
Brazilian fact-checker AosFatos.org describes how it found an estimated 3M visits to fake news sites allegedly connected to its impersonator AosFatos.com
Anna Altman / Columbia Journalism Review:
Interview with Matt Gertz, a senior fellow at Media Matters, who has been closely tracking how Fox News coverage influences Trump's tweets since 2017
Poynter:
Outgoing director of the International Fact-Checking Network reflects on how fact-checking changed since 2015, dealing with platforms like Facebook, and more
Ashley Baker / Daily Front Row:
Interview with Conde Nast CRO Pamela Drucker Mann on transition from a publishing company to a full-fledged media company, content partnerships, and more
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Loyola Phoenix:
In editorial, journalists at Loyola University's newspaper describe how the university communications office has restricted media access to professors and staff
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed News:
Twitter hides a tweet, reportedly from Iran's head of state, for pointing out that a previous leader's verdict to murder novelist Salman Rushdie is still valid
Adam Jacobson / Radio & Television Business Report:
Apollo Global Management acquires majority stake in Cox Media Group's TV arm; earlier report placed the value at $3B