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10:50 PM ET, May 28, 2020


 Top News: 
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
Trump signs an EO designed to limit Section 230 protections that shield social media companies from liability for the content that users post on their platforms  —  President Trump signed an executive order on Thursday designed to limit the legal protections that shield social media companies …
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
Source: ViacomCBS layoffs affected about 300, with 75 from the news division; Mark Knoller, Cami McCormick, and Dean Reynolds are said to be among those cut  —  The layoffs also affected anchors at local CBS affiliates  —  Top national reporters at CBS News were among the hundreds of ViacomCBS staffers laid off this week.
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
SensorTower: HBO Max has seen just 90,000 downloads of its mobile app on its first day, compared to 4M for Disney+ and 300,000 for Quibi on their first days  —  - Disney+ had 4 million first-day downloads; Quibi over 300,000  — AT&T's WarnerMedia disputes figure, says it's happy with debut
Jefferson Graham / USA Today:
HBO Max launches without being on Roku and Amazon, the two most popular streaming platforms
Jay Rosen / PressThink:
Journalists need a strong, clear sense of mission in campaign coverage to avoid being broadly distrusted and swept up in a predictable flood of distractions  —  The 2020 campaign is here.  Those who are covering it had better figure out what they are for, or they will end up as his enablers— as they were in 2016.
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
UK's DMG Media, publisher of the Mail, posts profit of £44M on revenue of £345M in six months ending in March, but total ad revenue is down ~46% in lockdown  —  The Mail, Metro and i publisher is operating at a loss under lockdown as it battles the advertising downturn brought on by the coronavirus crisis.
Discussion: The Guardian
Mike Fleming Jr / Deadline:
Memo: Amazon Studios co-head of movies, Ted Hope, is leaving to return to his role as a producer, and will enter a multi-year first-look deal with the company  —  EXCLUSIVE: Big move over at Amazon Studios.  Ted Hope has decided to exit as Co-Head of Movies to go back to his origins as a producer.
Discussion: The Wrap and Variety
Ludovic Blecher / The Keyword:
Google grants between $5K and $30K to 5,300+ small and medium local newsrooms around the world through its Journalism Emergency Relief Fund  —  COVID-19 has upended the news industry, hitting local news particularly hard with job losses, furloughs, cutbacks and even closure.
Ryan Broderick / BuzzFeed News:
After Twitter labeled Trump's tweets, Trump, his campaign, and Fox News target Twitter's Site Integrity lead Yoel Roth; Roth works on manipulation and bots  —  “No one person at Twitter is responsible for our policies,” a Twitter spokesperson told BuzzFeed News.
After Twitter adds a label to his misleading tweets, Trump says Republicans will “strongly regulate” social media platforms or “close them down”
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube launches Video Chapters, letting creators add timestamps to their videos, for all users across iOS, Android, and desktop  —  If you've ever found yourself scrubbing your way through a long YouTube video to get to the “good” part, you'll appreciate the new feature YouTube is launching today: Video Chapters.
Kathryn Hopkins / WWD:
Hearst is offering free PSA ads to advertisers in Harper's Bazaar, Elle, and Marie Claire, which will also help thicken issues at a time when ads are falling  —  More than 80 brands have participated, including Chanel, Gucci, Cartier, Carolina Herrera and Unilever.
Discussion: @media_evan
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Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Stringr, a marketplace connecting news outlets with videographers that provide footage, raises $5.75M from Thomson Reuters and others
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple acquires Martin Scorsese's next film, Killers of the Flower Moon, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Instagram says it will now split revenue with creators, sharing 55% of the revenue from IGTV ads and badges on Live, starting with 200 partners next week