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2:20 AM ET, October 22, 2019

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Facebook:
Facebook says it will more prominently label content that fact-checkers deem false on Facebook and Instagram, will ban ads suggesting voting is pointless  —  We have a responsibility to stop abuse and election interference on our platform.  That's why we've made significant investments since 2016 …
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook now requires some page owners to disclose the orgs running them and if they're tied to state-owned media, will add labels to pages run by state media  —  Heaven forbid a political candidate's Facebook account gets hacked.  They might spread disinformation...like they're already allowed to do in Facebook ads...
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
CNN hires former GOP congressman Sean Duffy as a paid contributor, who immediately floats CNN-debunked conspiracy theory pushed by the White House on first day  —  In two separate CNN appearances, in his first 24 hours as a paid pundit, the ex-congressman pushed the president's unfounded CrowdStrike theory.
Matthew Doran / ABC:
Major Australian newspapers black out text on their front pages Monday to protest secrecy laws passed over past two years, after raids of journalists in June  —  The nation's media companies have redacted their front pages to highlight the constraints on media organisations under strict national security legislation.
Kate Storey / Esquire:
Inside Bustle Media Group CEO Bryan Goldberg's ill-fated attempt to relaunch Gawker, which started with no clear plan and was plagued by scandals  —  Last year, Bryan Goldberg revealed big plans for his relaunch of Gawker, then postponed it indefinitely while laying off the whole staff.
Max Willens / Digiday:
How Verizon is pivoting its publishing strategy to focus on commerce by investing in original shopping-focused video and a new content management system  —  Verizon Media Group has long styled itself as an advertising platform.  Now it wants to act like one that helps brands and retailers drive sales.
Discussion: MediaPost
Carol Thompson / Lansing State Journal:
Network of ~40 websites branded as Michigan local news launched this fall with neutral names like Lansing Sun and Ann Arbor Times but offer political messaging  —  LANSING — Dozens of websites branded as local news outlets launched throughout Michigan this fall, with monikers like Lansing Sun …
Greg Sterling / Marketing Land:
IAB and PwC: US online ad spending reached $57.9B in H1 2019, up 16.9% year-over-year but lower than the 23.1% growth in the same period last year  —  Mobile ad revenues were $39.9 billion or 69% of the total.  —  U.S. online ad spending reached $57.9 billion, representing growth of 16.9% year-over-year …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Nielsen's SVOD Content Ratings, launched two years ago, now tracks Amazon Prime Video, but, as with Netflix, it won't track views from mobile devices or PCs  —  Nielsen announced this morning it will now be able to measure the viewing taking place on Amazon Prime Video, through its Subscription Video on Demand Content Ratings solution.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK's Global Radio to launch a new 24-hour LBC spin-off “pure news” station, without opinion or debate, from next Monday  —  Global Radio is launching a new 24-hour LBC spin-off station to create a dedicated space for “pure news” - without opinion or debate.
 
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Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
UK's i newspaper launches app that publishes its best journalism in three daily editions alongside live breaking news, priced at £5.99 per month
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Three weekly newspapers in Wales shut down after their publisher Herald News UK ceases operations, six months after announcing plans to invest £1.5M
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Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Facebook opens ads in search results to all advertisers, for a select group of topics
Discussion: Adweek
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
On the tenth anniversary of Stylist, Q&A with EIC Lisa Smosarski on how the free, ad-backed magazine stayed “eternally stable”, putting out 400K+ copies/week
International Center for Journalists:
ICFJ global study: ~33% of newsrooms have fact-checkers, ~66% distribute content in at least four formats, 50%+ of journalists use digital fact-checking tools