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12:05 PM ET, August 28, 2019

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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 …
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 …
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.”
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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
Axios:
Adpay data on newspapers: ~$500M in total revenue comes from obituaries; obituary search company Legacy.com 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 Ancestry.com.
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 …
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.
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 …
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
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Reporters from Albany's Times Union and Metroland have covered sex cult Nxivm since 2003, but a 2017 NYT story made it impossible for prosecutors to ignore  —  It took less than five hours for a jury this June to convict Keith Raniere of everything he'd been charged with - sex trafficking …
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