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5:00 AM ET, March 31, 2019


 Top News: 
Gavin de Becker / The Daily Beast:
Bezos' security chief says AMI demanded he claim Bezos story didn't result from hacking or external forces, and says he's confident Saudis accessed Bezos' phone  —  The National Enquirer's lawyer tried to get me to say there was no hacking.  —  For 40 years, I've advised at-risk public figures …
Sebastian Murdock / HuffPost:
Alex Jones of InfoWars, in a deposition, denies he had intentionally spread lies about Sandy Hook and rejects responsibility for Sandy Hook parents' pain  —  For all his dangerous talk about the Sandy Hook school shooting, Alex Jones couldn't even recall the date it happened.
Rob Price / Business Insider:
Facebook says it “mistakenly deleted” some of Zuckerberg's old Facebook posts that were public and reported on, including a post about the Instagram acquisition  —  - Some old Facebook posts by CEO Mark Zuckerberg have disappeared, and the company says it “mistakenly deleted” them.
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Interview with Norm Pearlstine, LA Times executive editor with a new multiyear contract, on expanding staff, cross-functional teams, food coverage, and more  —  “With a traditional media company, you can have well-defined lines as long as you're doing the same thing every day.
Blake Droesch / eMarketer:
eMarketer expects Amazon Music will pass 35M MAUs in the US this year, up 17.7% YoY, growing faster than any other digital audio service in its forecast  —  Amazon Music will cross 35 million monthly listeners in the US this year.  At a growth rate of 17.7% year over year …
Cristina Tardáguila / Poynter:
Inside FactCheckEU, a collaboration between 19 EU media outlets from 13 countries that fact checks articles and debunks rumors ahead of upcoming EU elections  —  It's been more than a week since 19 European media outlets from 13 countries started collaborating to separate facts from fiction ahead …
Laura Wagner / Deadspin:
Current and former MLB Advanced Media employees say the company has fostered a toxic and overly demanding work environment for years under poor leadership  —  On the second Tuesday of February, at 3:00 in the afternoon, around 40 employees of MLB Advanced Media—one arm of MLB's media empire …
Google gives a €50K grant to media company running Origo, a Hungarian pro-government news portal, baffling free expression activists and independent journalists  —  Google joins the Hungarian government of Viktor Orban and its allies in funding the company that runs Origo, a Hungarian pro-government news portal.
Discussion: Media1 and Digital News Initiative
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
BBC says it wants to improve public perception around its news impartiality and will make fact-checking service Reality Check a more visible part of news output  —  Improving public perception around its news impartiality is one of the BBC's four priorities for the year ahead, according to its latest annual plan.
Nina Lakhani / The Guardian:
United Mexican Journalists survey of ~400 women in media: 73% suffered sexual harassment, 50% by their bosses, 43% by sources; only 20% made official complaints  —  Mexican wave of the movement erupted in creative industries and media where 73% of female workers have faced sexual harassment
Discussion: @nobelwomen
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Memo: Ze Frank, BuzzFeed's chief research and development officer and a key architect of its video business, is leaving the company, will serve as an adviser  —  Frank, who has been serving as the head of research and development at BuzzFeed since 2018, will remain an adviser to the company.
Discussion: @natjarv and @heyyyella
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Interview with YouTube Chief Product Officer Neal Mohan about its recommendation algorithms, radicalization, violent extremism, and the rabbit-hole effect  —  Neal Mohan discusses the streaming site's recommendation engine, which has become a growing liability amid accusations that it steers users to increasingly extreme content.
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Diptendu Lahiri / Reuters:
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Doris Truong / Poynter:
AP's updated stylebook explicitly permits the use of “racism” and “racist” to describe hatred of a race or superiority claims, discourages “racially charged”
Alexandra Stevenson / New York Times:
Rappler's Maria Ressa is arrested and posts bail in the Philippines for allegedly violating a law that prohibits majority foreign ownership of a media outlet
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook launches new Ad Library that now makes all active ads and inactive political ads searchable, opens Ad Library API to all Facebook-verified developers