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12:25 PM ET, November 4, 2019


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Siva Vaidhyanathan / New York Times:
Vetting political ads effectively and consistently at global scale is impossible; Congress should restrict ad targeting to the level of an electoral district  —  It's not about free speech.  —  Siva Vaidhyanathan is a professor of media studies at the University of Virginia.
Julia Carrie Wong / The Guardian:
The debate over Facebook's political ads policy has been too US-centric and the company hasn't explained how that policy will work in other countries  —  What do Zuckerberg's bromides about American values mean to Facebook users in Kashmir or the Philippines?  —  @juliacarriew Email
Facebook says it will not fact-check ads by UK political parties and candidates running in December election, but will fact-check political groups like Leave.EU
Tim Peterson / Digiday:
Complex Networks, which sells hot sauces in connection to its popular talk show “Hot Ones”, forms Climate, a new division to create products for other companies  —  Complex Networks is often held up as a role model in digital media for its commitment to building franchises that can be multifaceted businesses.
New York Times:
Trump has integrated Twitter into the fabric of his administration, reshaping the presidency with 11,000+ tweets while in office, lately posting even more often  —  With a single tweet last fall, Mr. Trump sent his administration into a tailspin.  “I must, in the strongest of terms …
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
BBC says it will establish a new standalone non-profit body to run the Local News Partnership, which will be expanded to cover local councils and NHS trusts  —  The BBC has laid out plans to expand its local democracy reporting service, recruiting new reporters to cover local councils …
Discussion: The Guardian, and @jgibbins
István / Kinja Changelog:
G/O Media says it will be discontinuing Kinja user pages and that any content posted to them will be deleted in the coming weeks  —  All blogs running on the domain will show a notification about the upcoming changes of Kinja user pages.
Megan Greenwell / @megreenwell:
Former Deadspin EIC Megan Greenwell says the site no longer employs a single writer or editor
George P. Slefo / Ad Age:
Meredith sells the remaining 60% stake in the ad tech company Viant, that is has acquired when it bought Time, to Viant's co-founders who owned 40%  —  The news comes roughly two weeks after Roku said it was buying DSP Dataxu  —  Viant has acquired itself from media publishing powerhouse Meredith, the companies said Monday.
Gabriel Snyder / Columbia Journalism Review:
When NYT reporting gets hijacked by bad-faith actors to push disinformation, the NYT often retreats behind its journalistic standards to avoid responsibility  —  On May 1, The New York Times carried a story on its front page, “For Biden, a Ukraine Matter That Won't Go Away,” by Kenneth P. Vogel and Iuliia Mendel.
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
An explanation of “data voids” in search, based on a Data & Society report, and how understanding them is vital for journalists especially amid breaking news  —  One day fifteen long years ago, in 2004, some SEO consultants decided to have a contest to determine quién …
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