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12:45 PM ET, June 19, 2019


 Top News: 
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Interviews with 12 former Facebook content moderators from Tampa, three on the record, where working conditions are appalling and many experience PTSD  —  At Facebook's worst-performing content moderation site in North America, one contractor has died, and others say they fear for their lives
BuzzFeed News:
Marcus Epstein, a former contributor to VDare with other white nationalist ties, has been writing opinion pieces for WSJ, National Review, The Hill, and others  —  A former Republican operative notorious for his connections to white nationalists has established himself as an opinion contributor …
The Guardian:
UN report: Mohammed bin Salman should be investigated for the extrajudicial murder of Jamal Khashoggi for which there is “credible evidence” he is liable  —  Mohammed bin Salman should be investigated over journalist's murder, says report  —  The crown prince of Saudi Arabia …
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
How The Washington Post, NBC News, and The Dallas Morning News are using TikTok to share news stories, or at least start participating in memes  —  “When I was a beat reporter, I used to look at national news and say: How can I localize this?  I feel like this is the other way around …
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Spotify says Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency, launching in 2020, will help subscription services by reducing payment friction and opening new markets  —  When Facebook officially announced its plans for a new cryptocurrency called Libra Tuesday, it also revealed that Spotify was part …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Five NY1 anchorwomen sue the network for age and gender discrimination, alleging a systematic effort to force them off the air in favor of younger hosts  —  Five anchorwomen at NY1, one of the country's most prominent local news channels, sued the network on Wednesday over age and gender discrimination …
Alison Griswold / Quartz:
Quartz hired three workers on freelance marketplace Fiverr for $5-$15 to write about Fiverr's IPO; results were expectedly poor and partially plagiarized  —  Fiverr, an Israel-based startup, is a sort of white-collar TaskRabbit—a freelance platform for services like digital marketing …
Jon Harris / Morning Call:
MediaNews Group will cut 81 positions, or one-third of the 221 employees from the Reading Eagle Co, one month after it bought the 150-year-old PA publisher  —  MediaNews Group, a chain known for aggressively snapping up newspapers and implementing cost reductions, has informed Pennsylvania …
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Megha Rajagopalan / BuzzFeed News:
American journalist says China denied her visa application because of her work covering Chinese government influence abroad
Tatiana Cirisano / Billboard:
Wixen sues Pandora for alleged copyright infringement, claims it displayed lyrics without authorization; Spotify settled a $1.6B suit brought by Wixen last year
Discussion: The Verge and Techdirt
In mainland China, the Hong Kong protests are scrubbed from search engine results and social networks, while state media blames the movement on US interference
Discussion: Fox News
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Jeanine Poggi / Ad Age:
Comcast joins Cox and Charter in urging the TV industry to expand addressable advertising, the ability for marketers to deliver ads at the household level
Discussion: Multichannel News and MediaPost
Amy Zimmerman / The Daily Beast:
Eight women accuse Max Landis, the “Bright” screenwriter and son of director John Landis, of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Twitch has acquired social networking platform Bebo, source says for $25M, to bolster its esports business
Patrick Coffee / Adweek:
Advertisers, agencies, and social platforms form the Global Alliance for Responsible Media, a coalition to develop methods for protecting brands and consumers
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
Federal jury orders VidAngel, a streaming service that filters out offensive material, to pay $62.4M to Disney, Fox, and Warner Bros. for copyright infringement