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6:40 PM ET, June 24, 2020


 Top News: 
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.
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.
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.
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