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8:45 AM ET, June 17, 2020

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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
A misleading NBC story about Google “banning” The Federalist and ZeroHedge sounds just like what happened to Techdirt last year because of comments on one page  —  from the another-day-another-story dept  —  So, earlier today, NBC reported that Google had “banned” …
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Aaron Holmes / Business Insider:
Google cracks down on The Federalist and ZeroHedge for violating policies on race-related content and may permanently suspend their access to Google Ads revenue  —  - Google is cracking down on two right-wing outlets, ZeroHedge and The Federalist, for violating its policies on race-related content.
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Facebook and Instagram will allow some US users to turn off political ads starting Wednesday; the feature will roll out to all US users over the next few weeks  —  - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday announced the social network will allow its users to turn off seeing political ads.
Washington Post:
A deep look at the toxic relationship between Pittsburgh Post-Gazette journalists and its publisher, whose family has owned the paper for nearly a century  —  Before last year, Keith C. Burris was mostly known to reporters at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as the author of the most controversial opinion piece …
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Philadelphia Magazine editor Tom McGrath to step down at the end of the summer, says the pub needs to hire a replacement who isn't “a middle-aged white guy”  —  Philadelphia Magazine editor Tom McGrath will step down at the end of the summer, telling his staff the publication needs …
Neal Justin / Star Tribune:
American Public Media Group ends production on Live From Here, the successor to A Prairie Home Companion, and lays off 28; CEO blames the pandemic for cuts  —  Cancellation part of cuts at St. Paul-based American Public Media Group.  —  TEXT SIZE  —  American Public Media Group …
Jimmy Nsubuga / Yahoo News:
BBC DG announces a program for voluntary redundancies, as part of plans to save £125M this year  —  The BBC has announced a wide-ranging programme for voluntary redundancies in order to save tens of millions of pounds in the wake of changes to the licence fee and the coronavirus fallout.
Discussion: @scottygb and @jimwaterson
David Shortell / CNN:
Court docket: the Trump admin sues to block John Bolton's book, set to publish June 23, alleging breach of contract and that it's “rife” with classified info  —  Trump team concerned over release of Bolton's book  —  (CNN)The Trump administration is suing former national security …
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
PAMCo: national UK newspapers added a record 6.6M daily digital readers in Q1; The Sun was the most read at 39.8M and The Guardian was the fastest growing  —  National newspaper brands added 6.6m readers daily digital readers in the UK in the first quarter of this year reaching a record audience …
Luke Guillory / Ad Age:
GroupM: in 2020, print ad spend to drop 26%, digital advertising 3%, TV advertising 7%; SVOD like Hulu and Roku to grow 15% in 2021  —  Sustained advertising by marketers is helping to cushion the pandemic's impact  —  Although the COVID-19 pandemic has triggered the worst economic decline since …
Discussion: MediaPost and Multichannel News
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Disney consolidates its ad tech teams under one unit, housed under its direct-to-consumer arm, streamlining ad campaign management across its brands  —  Disney has consolidated all its advertising technology teams under one unit led by former Hulu advertising lead Jeremy Helfand, executives tell Axios.
Discussion: @sarafischer and Axios
Elizabeth Culliford / Reuters:
Gallup/Knight poll: nearly two-thirds in US support Section 230 in principle; 85% favored removing intentionally misleading health information from social media  —  (Reuters) - Most Americans do not trust social media companies to make the right decisions about what should be allowed on their platforms …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Reuters digital news report based on surveys of 80K+ people in 40 countries: more people are paying for news, many prefer sources with “no point of view”, more  —  The percentage of people paying for news online continues to increase — and people may even pay for more than one subscription.
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BBC:
Report finds 11% of people under 25 use Instagram for news compared with 12% for Twitter, predicts Instagram will overtake Twitter next year as a news source
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Report: just 15% of UK left-leaning voters say they mostly trust news media, down from 46% in 2015, trust is down 20%+ overall in UK; BBC is most trusted org
 
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Lila Shapiro / Vulture:
In the last week, 14 of the 24 board members of the National Book Critics Circle have resigned, citing racism, privacy and political correctness concerns
Kevin Truong / VICE:
iFixit, which has posted repair manuals for ventilators during the pandemic, says Steris Corporation is claiming copyright infringement; iFixit cites fair use
Discussion: @eff, more at Techmeme »
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Community-centered nonprofit newsroom The Oaklandside, a Berkeleyside sister publication, officially launches with $1.56M in funding from Google News Initiative
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Wall Street Journal:
Staffers across US newsrooms seek changes on diversity, hiring, and coverage; sources: at WSJ, 150+ journalists sent letter to top execs expressing concerns
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Memo: Voice of America Director Amanda Bennett and Deputy Director Sandy Sugawara have resigned as Trump appointee Michael Pack takes over VOA's parent agency
CBS Boston:
Six former employees of eBay charged with leading a cyberstalking campaign against a couple they believed was critical of eBay in an online ecommerce newsletter