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1:00 PM ET, August 28, 2019


 Top News: 
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Facebook tightens rules on political advertisers, requiring further identity proof such as tax-identification number or Federal Election Commission registration  —  Facebook on Wednesday announced it would tighten some of its rules around political advertising ahead of the 2020 presidential election …
Ben Mathis-Lilley / Slate:
Q&A with David Karpf, the tenured professor whose “bedbug” tweet prompted NYT's Bret Stephens to copy Karpf's provost on an email complaining about the tweet  —  David Karpf is a professor of media and public affairs at George Washington University in D.C. On Monday night …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
BBC says it will launch a voice assistant built into its website and iPlayer next year, allowing users to use their voices to engage with BBC content  —  Corporation recording voices of staff across UK to help Beeb software understand accents  —  The BBC is preparing to launch a rival …
Peter Kafka / Vox:
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki uses her quarterly letter to defend content that may be controversial but draws a line at problematic content that violates standards  —  That means the video platform is okay with “content that is outside the mainstream, controversial, or even offensive.”
Jared Holt / Right Wing Watch:
YouTube terminates a handful of prominent channels that promoted white nationalism, including four the ADL said spread anti-Semitism and white supremacism
Adpay data on newspapers: ~$500M in total revenue comes from obituaries; obituary search company says it publishes 1 in 3 obituaries in US  —  Local newspapers still heavily rely on obituary placements for revenue, according to data from local obituary and advertising placement firm Adpay, which is owned by
Federal judge rules in favor of Gizmodo Media Group in a $100M lawsuit brought by ex-Trump spokesman Jason Miller over a story about a child custody case  —  A federal judge on Tuesday ruled in favor of Splinter, the site's managing editor, Katherine Krueger, and the site's parent company …
Shoshana Wodinsky / Adweek:
Hudson MX, an ad-tech firm that provides a platform to buy ads on local broadcasters, partners with Comscore to bring its targeting tech to local markets  —  The partnership sees new-school tech pumped into old-school platforms  —  Thanks to the advent of ad tech, fine-grained audience targeting …
Scott Nover / Washington Post:
Reporters covering Congress for niche outlets outnumber those from broader-focused publications; their work can raise the alarm on important issues when needed  —  On a humid Wednesday morning in June , a swarm of press greeted Hope Hicks as she marched into a room on Capitol Hill to testify before the House Judiciary Committee.
Sonaiya Kelley / Los Angeles Times:
USC study of 1,200 popular films between 2007-2018 shows Latinx underrepresentation: 4% of directors, 3% of producers, 4.5% of named or speaking acting roles  —  While the past few years have been dominated by the narrative that diversity and inclusion on television and in film are moving …
Dominic Patten / Deadline:
Actress Paz de la Huerta adds Disney, Bob Iger, and ex-CEO Eisner to $60M sexual assault lawsuit against Weinstein, alleging their decision-making enabled him  —  Nearly a year after first taking the much-accused Harvey Weinstein to court, Paz de la Huerta has today added the Walt Disney Company …
Sara Firth / The Guardian:
Journalist says covering Syria is demoralizing, as citizens feel alone and reporters expect interviews and graphic footage to never make it to the public  —  Every day the mounting horrors are broadcast in real time, but it feels like nobody is watching any more
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed News:
Sources and leaked emails from 2017 show Clarity Media, the owner of the Weekly Standard and Washington Examiner, explored purchasing the Federalist  —  As Donald Trump rose to take over the Republican Party, conservative media splintered: Some outlets became his mouthpieces, some his enemies …
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Shoshana Wodinsky / Adweek:
Documents show TikTok is beta testing a native audience ad network that lets advertisers target users across third-party apps in addition to TikTok
Mike Fleming / Deadline:
Netflix gives The Irishman a 27-day theatrical release window, its longest yet, starting November 1; major movie chains like AMC and Regal will not carry it