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2:45 PM ET, June 26, 2020


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Suzanne Vranica / 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  —  The company cites hate speech and polarized politics as reasons for ad suspension  —  Consumer goods giant Unilever UL -.05% PLC …
Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
Sources: Facebook's head of trust and safety policy admits to a “trust deficit” on a call with 200+ advertisers, as the company tries to stem an ad boycott
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 …
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  —  A solid majority of Americans say it is important for the news media to reflect the diversity of the U.S. population …
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
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  —  In the latest action by employees critical of the Los Angeles Times' fraught newsroom history of race and gender, the paper has been hit …
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  —  Many Republicans and Democrats agree that social networks' prized legal shield is flawed.  A new bill is a sign they could also find common ground to change it.
Will Bedingfield / Wired:
Some top composers are choosing video game soundtracks over Hollywood, as game music is finally receiving the praise and mainstream recognition it deserves  —  In 1996, while making music for the Fox Family Channel, Inon Zur received a phone call from the man who would later become his agent.
Discussion: @winphillips
Popular Information:
Ben Shapiro's The Daily Wire has massive engagement on Facebook, helped by a network of pages that simultaneously post at least 10 Daily Wire links per day  —  Founder of The Daily Wire, Ben Shapiro.  (MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images)  —  The success of The Daily Wire …
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 …
Discussion: Adweek
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 …
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  —  - Condé Nast has suspended a Bon Appétit video editor, Matt Hunziker, “pending investigation” by the company.
New Yorker union members staged a four-hour work stoppage Thursday to demand that contracts include a just cause clause to prevent arbitrary dismissal  —  Today, the New Yorker Union is undertaking a half-day work stoppage.  From 9 A.M. to 1 P.M., union members will not participate …
Discussion: @susandecarava
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Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
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