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6:40 PM ET, June 24, 2020

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Kate Irby / The Fresno Bee:
Judge rules that Rep. Devin Nunes cannot sue Twitter for defamation over @DevinCow account, agrees with Twitter that it is protected by Section 230 in this case  —  WASHINGTON A judge has ruled that Rep. Devin Nunes has no right to sue Twitter over statements made by a fake Internet cow …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Vice urges advertisers to stop blocking BLM and related keywords, saying content related to Floyd protests was monetized at a 57% lower rate than other content  —  Vice Media Group is calling on the advertising industry to review “brand safe” keywords, after the company recently found …
Rachel Abrams / New York Times:
ViacomCBS says The Comey Rule mini-series will air in September, ahead of election day, after its director criticized its late-November release date  —  The series director criticized ViacomCBS's announcement that it would broadcast “The Comey Rule” in late November.  On Wednesday, the air date was moved to September.
IRE:
All five of IRE's executive committee members are resigning to allow for a new election of officers, after a recent election led to an all-white committee  —  The Executive Committee of the IRE Board of Directors sent the following letter to the full Board of Directors this afternoon:
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
Ben & Jerry's, Eddie Bauer, and Magnolia Pictures join Patagonia, REI, and others suspending Facebook ads in July to protest amplification of hate speech  —  Eddie Bauer, Magnolia Pictures, Ben & Jerry's and others have suspended campaigns over the platform's content moderation practices.
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Dell Cameron / Gizmodo:
Twitter has banned the account of Distributed Denial of Secrets, a group that recently made accessible one of the largest dumps of leaked US police documents  —  Twitter confirmed on Tuesday night that it had permanently banned the account of Distributed Denial of Secrets …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources and documents detail a months-long cyberstalking and harassment campaign by members of eBay's security team against those behind the ECommerceBytes blog  —  Security employees allegedly orchestrated deliveries of live cockroaches, pornographic videos and a mask of a bloody pig's head
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Sports-focused streaming service FuboTV adds ESPN and other Disney-owned networks including ABC, ABC News Live, and Disney Channel to its Standard base package  —  ESPN at long last will be coming to FuboTV, which launched more than five years ago as a sport-centric streaming service in the U.S.
Pranshu Verma / New York Times:
A lawsuit, filed on behalf of the Open Technology Fund, argues dismissal of heads of OTF and four outlets by Global Media's new CEO Michael Pack was unlawful  —  The suit is the first legal action taken against Michael Pack after he fired the heads of the technology organization and four journalism outlets under his purview last week.
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Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Open Technology Fund, the US digital speech advocate that funded Signal and falls under the US Agency for Global Media, faces turmoil amid leadership turnover
Stefan Bondy / New York Daily News:
Sources: Howard Mittman was forced out as CEO of Bleacher Report after employees complained about the lack of diversity at the company's executive level  —  Howard Mittman was forced out as CEO of Bleacher Report after employees passionately objected to the lack of diversity at the company's executive level …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Bauer Media is shutting down a few titles in the UK, merging its two golf magazines, and is in advanced stages of negotiations to sell five titles  —  Magazine publisher Bauer is closing a number of titles as part of a review to “protect the long-term health” the business.
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Ex-Sunday Times editor Martin Ives named new editor of Times Literary Supplement; Stig Abell named exec editor at News UK's radio and podcast division Wireless  —  Stig Abell is stepping down as editor of the Times Literary Supplement after four years to take up a new role of executive editor …
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Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
WarnerMedia and iHeartMedia sign a deal to co-produce a slate of companion podcasts for HBO Max shows, which will be available to stream on the HBO Max app
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Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
Source: Amazon is “actively pursuing” licensing deals to add live and linear TV to complement its Prime Video offerings
Anthony Pesce / L.A. Times Guild:
LAT union's Black caucus demands management commit to hiring at least 18 Black journalists over 3 years, fix pay gap, engage with communities of color, and more
Wesley Lowery / New York Times:
Not only is “objective neutral” journalism predicated on a white perspective, it deprives readers of plainly stated facts for fear of accusations of partiality