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9:25 PM ET, June 26, 2020

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Wall Street Journal:
Unilever to halt US advertising on Facebook and Twitter at least until 2021, citing hate speech and divisive content; Verizon is suspending Facebook ads in July  —  Unilever to halt ads on Facebook, Twitter for remainder of year  —  Under mounting pressure from advertisers …
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Mark Zuckerberg:
Zuckerberg says Facebook will now label content that violates its rules but was left up because it was deemed newsworthy and of public interest  —  Three weeks ago, I committed to reviewing our policies ahead of the 2020 elections.  That work is ongoing, but today I want to share some new policies …
Mark Schoofs / BuzzFeed News:
BuzzFeed News apologizes after finding at least 11 published articles with passages plagiarized from other news orgs; articles are now correctly attributed  —  BuzzFeed News has found that the following articles do not meet our editorial standards, as laid out in our standards and ethics guidelines.
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J. Clara Chan / The Wrap:
Source: BuzzFeed News has fired senior reporter Ryan Broderick for plagiarism or misattributed information in at least 11 of his articles  —  BuzzFeed News has fired a senior reporter it says plagiarized or misattributed information in at least 11 of his articles, an individual with knowledge of the matter confirmed to TheWrap.
Pew Research Center:
Though 59% of Americans say media misunderstands people like them, the reasons they feel this way differ among white, Hispanic, and Black Americans  —  Tensions inside American newsrooms have emerged amid the recent protests over the killing of George Floyd while in police custody …
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Knight Foundation:
Survey from Nov. 2019 to Feb. 2020: 50% of Blacks, 43% of Hispanics, 41% of Asians, 30% of whites say it's critical for media to reflect US population diversity
Jenna Chandler / Curbed LA:
Curbed ceases production on LA and SF sites and says new stories will appear on Curbed.com; Los Angeles and San Francisco newsletters will continue  —  It's not good-bye — we're moving to a new home.  —  Dear readers, hate-readers, and vicious commenters,  —  Googie.  “Greenmailing.”  NIMBYs.
Bloomberg:
Tencent is launching Trovo, a Twitch-like streaming service, in the US, and plans to entice creators with a $30M partnership program starting in July  —  - Trovo is a close analog to Twitch and already live online  — Preparing official launch with $30 million recruitment budget
Jem Aswad / Variety:
USC partners with Universal Music Group to publish a report on the extent to which people of color are excluded from music's leadership ranks  —  It has become abundantly clear over the past few years — not to mention the past few decades — that African-Americans and other people of color …
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Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Interview with Bloomberg Media CEO Justin Smith, who says the company is investing in online video channel QuickTake, formerly TicToc, which has about 100 staff  —  “Bloomberg” is a Rorschach test of a word.  —  For many, it represents the unique New York City politician whose presidential …
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Indictment says Jack Abramoff paid 2 writers to promote AML Bitcoin: one at Daily Caller, one at Investor's Business Daily, American Spectator, Washington Times  —  Derek Hunter says he wasn't paid by the disgraced lobbyist to plug his bitcoin project.  But the SEC cites his article, among others, in their complaint.
 
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Cat Zakrzewski / Washington Post:
Senators unveil bipartisan PACT Act, to make social media moderation more transparent and require posts be removed within a day of courts deeming them illegal
Rachel Premack / Business Insider:
Condé Nast suspended Bon Appétit video editor Matt Hunziker; employees suggest Hunziker's social posts critical of Condé Nast and Bon Appétit led to suspension
David Folkenflik / NPR:
The LA Times says it has reached a settlement of a lawsuit filed by a group of newsroom employees claiming the paper has discriminatory pay practices
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
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