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12:50 PM ET, June 30, 2020

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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook will change its News Feed algorithm to prioritize news stories with original reporting and demote ones that are not transparent about their authors  —  Beginning today, Facebook will be updating the way news stories are ranked in its News Feed to prioritize original reporting, executives tell Axios.
New York Times:
The New York Times pulls its stories from Apple News, saying the service does not align with its strategy of building direct relationships with paying readers  —  The Times said Apple News did not align with its strategy of building direct relationships with paying readers.
Alex Barker / Financial Times:
Survey of 58 WFA members, who are responsible for $90B+ of ad spending worldwide, finds ~33% will suspend or are likely to suspend spending on social media  —  Study reveals extent of revolt against Facebook and Twitter over hate speech  —  Almost a third of the world's biggest brands …
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Ina Fried / Axios:
Memo: Microsoft suspended its ads on Facebook and Instagram in the US in May and has since expanded the pause globally, over concerns of “inappropriate content”
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
Betsy Rothstein, a Washington, DC, media gossip columnist who worked at The Hill, Fishbowl DC, and then The Daily Caller, has died of cancer  —  I don't know what I expected Betsy Rothstein to look like, but I guess I wasn't expecting a woman who made her living filleting media personalities …
Ronan Shields / Adweek:
Sell-side ad tech company Rubicon Project, which merged with Telaria in April, rebrands as Magnite  —  New branding unveiled three months after official union  —  Rubicon Project has rebranded as Magnite, as the sell-side ad-tech company aims to convince investors that it is more than the sum …
Discussion: AdExchanger
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Sources: some nonprofit journalism leaders are considering a bid for all of McClatchy, which would create the first major nonprofit newspaper chain in the US  —  The next 48 hours may decide the fate of two of America's largest newspaper chains that collectively serve almost a fifth of all American local newspaper readers.
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
YouTube bans six channels, including those of white supremacists Stefan Molyneux, David Duke, and Richard Spencer, for violating its hate speech policies  —  Bans come after YouTube's 2019 policy update  —  YouTube has banned several prominent white supremacist channels …
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Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
iHeartMedia launches the Black Information Network, a national news network focused on the Black community, on 15 radio stations and online  —  Black Information Network to be distributed across No. 1 radio broadcaster's stations  —  iHeartMedia Inc. is launching a national news network focused on the Black community.
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
In an internal FAQ, WarnerMedia leadership told staffers that the CNN Center in Atlanta will be sold, but some operations will remain in Atlanta  —  WarnerMedia leadership told staffers Monday that the CNN Center in Atlanta will be sold, downplaying questions about whether the move signals impending layoffs.
 
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Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
In recent years, Netflix has embraced YouTube, its biggest competitor, gaining 1M+ subscribers on its channel Netflix Is a Joke and around 3M for Netflix Junior
Reporters Without Borders:
RSF: at least 90 of the 193 UN member countries, including the US, UK, China, India, and Germany, obstructed COVID-19 coverage since the start of the pandemic
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Artlist, which provides royalty-free libraries of music, sound effects, and video clips to creators on platforms like YouTube, raises $48M led by KKR
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon launches Watch Party on Amazon Prime Video, a desktop feature for US Prime members to watch content together and chat with up to 100 viewers
Brent Lang / Variety:
AMC Theatres delays the reopening of 450 US locations from July 15 to July 30, and says it hopes to be fully operational by early August
Discussion: /Film and The Wrap
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google partners with 21 regional news publications in select cities across the US to add local news about the COVID-19 pandemic to its Google News app
Discussion: The Keyword
Scott Feinberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Film Academy grants agents, who have long been classified as associate members without voting privileges, the right to vote for Oscars
Washington Post:
Sources detail how Facebook constrained its efforts against fake news and altered its news feed algorithm to neutralize claims of bias against conservative pubs
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Twitch temporarily bans President Trump for “hateful conduct” that was aired on stream, noting it does not make exceptions for “political or newsworthy content”
Rahul Shrivastava / India Today:
Indian government bans 59 Chinese apps including TikTok, UC News, UC Browser, and WeChat, citing national security and maintaining public order
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Sources: CNN's Van Jones helped craft Trump's executive order on police reform; Jones appeared on CNN to praise the EO without disclosing his work