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3:05 PM ET, February 22, 2020


 Top News: 
Los Angeles Times:
Twitter is suspending 70 accounts linked to Michael Bloomberg's campaign for violating its policies, citing platform manipulation and duplicative content  —  Michael R. Bloomberg's presidential campaign has been experimenting with novel tactics to cultivate an online following, or at least the appearance of one.
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
Twitter says Bloomberg's edited debate video, which included cricket sounds, would likely be labeled manipulated video per its new policy, unlike on Facebook  —  What's a joke and what's manipulation?  —  As platforms prepare for the upcoming 2020 election season, Twitter and Facebook …
Ben Collins / NBC News:
Twitter confirms it is testing bright labels beneath lies and misinfo posted by politicians and public figures, and points-based “community badges” for users
Mike Bloomberg for President:
Mike Bloomberg says Bloomberg LP identified 3 NDAs over the past 30+ years about comments he allegedly made to women, who will be given a release on request  —  I've had the company go back over its record and they've identified 3 NDAs that we signed over the past 30-plus years with women …
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Condé Nast to eliminate the use of NDAs related to harassment and discrimination and plans to cease previously existing agreements “on a case-by-case basis”
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Nielsen: about 19.7M people watched the debate on NBC and MSNBC combined, making it the most-watched Democratic primary debate of all time
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Fox Corp has expressed interest in acquiring ad-supported streaming service Tubi in a deal that could be valued at more than $500M  —  Entertainment giants have been scooping up ad-supported video platforms to complement subscription offerings  —  Tubi or not Tubi.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Comcast's NBCUniversal is in advanced talks to acquire streaming-video service Vudu from Walmart  —  Entertainment giants increasingly look to give consumers free or low-cost alternatives to premium subscription streaming services  —  Fox Corp. and Comcast Corp. are each in discussions …
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
Sources: Meredith Kopit Levien, currently the NYT's COO, is a front-runner among candidates to replace Mark Thompson as CEO as soon as April  —  - Longtime ad-sales executive would succeed Mark Thompson  — CEO change would follow a boom in digital subscribers
New York Times:
Sources: E. Jean Carroll's contract termination from Elle was in part due to a steep paycheck and giving away the news-breaking excerpt from her book to NY mag  —  Her contract was terminated early, but the fashion magazine maintains it wasn't because of her allegations against President Trump.
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
Jessanne Collins, The New Yorker's director of newsletters, on producing newsletter-first content as it launches a free, weekly newsletter about climate change  —  “Climate is one of those big, overarching topics that feels essential to understand and also very overwhelming.
Kathryn Hopkins / WWD:
Men's Journal has laid off its entire editorial staff; owner AMI to merge its editorial operations with California-based The Adventure Sports Network from April  —  It's understood to be moving editorial operations to California.  —  Men's Journal laid off its entire editorial staff in New York Friday, WWD has learned.
Geoff Weiss / Tubefilter:
Mitú, a Latinx youth-focused digital media company that has raised $52M in funding, has been acquired by Latinx media company Latido Networks  —  Latido Networks, a multiplatform media company that creates content for LatinX millennial and Gen Z viewers, has acquired fellow LatinX digital media purveyor Mitú.
Discussion: @alexismadrigal and Billboard
Conrad Duncan / The Independent:
BBC faces criticism for sharing a Question Time clip of an audience member making racist claims without fact-checking or contextualizing her comments  —  Viewers condemn show for sharing ‘misinformed’ comments without challenge  —  The BBC has been criticised for sharing a “racist” and …
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