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8:35 PM ET, August 6, 2020


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BuzzFeed News:
Staffers ask Zuckerberg what would happen if Trump uses Facebook to dispute the election; some staff say they have evidence of favoritism for right-wing pages  —  Facebook employees collected evidence showing the company is giving right-wing pages preferential treatment when it comes to misinformation.
Rachel Premack / Business Insider:
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Bon Appétit names Sonia Chopra, the director of editorial strategy at Eater, as executive editor, reporting to Anna Wintour for now  —  The situation at Condé Nast's Bon Appétit remains in flux, following the June ouster of editor-in-chief Adam Rapoport after allegations …
Twitter says it will start labeling government-linked media accounts, as well as “key government officials”, from China, France, Russia, the UK, and US  —  Twitter says it will no longer “amplify” tweets by state-controlled media organisations, by excluding them from its recommendation systems.
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Source: News Corp has considered selling its Storyful unit, which it bought for $25 million in 2013, as part of efforts to streamline the company  —  Effort comes as Wall Street Journal parent looks to streamline operations  —  News Corp NWS 1.43% has considered strategic alternatives …
Discussion: @jayrosen_nyu
The Wrap:
ViacomCBS to launch a paid international streaming service in early 2021 starting with Australia, Latin America, and Nordic countries  —  ViacomCBS is launching an international streaming service in early 2021, the company announced during its second-quarter earnings call Thursday.
Kim Lyons / The Verge:
TikTok launches its first TV app, called More on TikTok, on Amazon Fire TV devices, featuring curated video playlists and compilations from its mobile app  —  More on TikTok will be free and view-only at launch  —  TikTok is launching its first TV app, called “More on TikTok,” on Amazon Fire TV devices today (via Business Insider).
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook launches Instagram Reels, its TikTok competitor that lets users create and publish 15-second videos, in 50+ countries, including the US, UK, and Japan
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Ken Doctor's Lookout Local, a network of local digital outlets, to launch first in Santa Cruz in the fall with $2.5M in grants and an LAT content partnership  —  As promised last fall, Ken Doctor is turning from reporting and analyzing the trials of the local news industry to creating Lookout Local …
NBC News:
Facebook removes hundreds of accounts tied to The Epoch Times and a foreign pro-Trump troll farm; accounts tied to Epoch Times pushed conspiracy theories  —  Facebook removed hundreds of accounts on Thursday from a foreign troll farm posing as African-Americans in support of Donald Trump and QAnon supporters.
Brent Lang / Variety:
AMC Entertainment lost $561.2M in Q2, when theaters were closed, with revenue of $18.9M, down 98% YoY but beating analyst estimates  —  AMC Entertainment lost $561.2 million during a quarter where the world's largest exhibitor's cinemas were closed to moviegoers and virtually its entire staff was laid off or furloughed.
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Advance Publications is considering moving Condé Nast out of One World Trade Center, where it has a 25-year lease, to address “current market conditions”  —  Conde Nast, which only finished moving into its HQ at One World Trade Center in 2014, is scouting midtown Manhattan for a potential new HQ.
Tony Semerad / Salt Lake Tribune:
Salt Lake Tribune Executive Editor Jennifer Napier-Pearce resigns, citing differences with board chairman Paul Huntsman; board names David Noyce interim editor  —  Salt Lake Tribune Executive Editor Jennifer Napier-Pearce has resigned.  —  The veteran journalist and former public-radio reporter …
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
NYT says it has added 669K new digital subscribers in Q2 and its digital revenue, at $185.5M, exceeded print revenue, at $175.4M, for the first time  —  The pandemic squeezed advertising for the web as well as print, but subscription growth was the best ever for a quarter.
Business Wire:
NYT reports Q2 net income of $23.7M, down 6% YoY, revenue of $403.8M, down 7.5% YoY, with ad revenues down 43.9%, and has a total of 6.5M subscribers
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Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
NBC Entertainment Chairman Paul Telegdy is leaving following a shakeup, after claims he fostered a toxic culture; Frances Berwick to lead NBCU content strategy
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Dave Davies / NPR:
Q&A with WaPo's Margaret Sullivan, author of Ghosting the News, on the decline of local news, how orgs like Report for America are helping, and more
Kate Irby / The Fresno Bee:
A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Rep. Devin Nunes cannot sue Esquire and Hearst for defamation over a 2018 story about his family's farm in Iowa
Apekary / Ariana Pekary:
An MSNBC producer who quit her job describes how ratings pressure distorts commercial TV news, amplifying fringe voices and stoking division even amid crisis
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Roku beats analyst estimates with Q2 revenue of $356.1M, up 42% YoY, and says it has 43M active streaming accounts with streaming hours rising 65% YoY
Craig Chamberlain / Illinois News Bureau:
Study of 2,000 journalists' Twitter use: Beltway journalism may be “even more insular than previously thought” with journalists talking too much to each other
CBS News:
Biden campaign announces what it says is the largest TV ad buy ever by a presidential candidate, with $220M for TV ads in 15 states and $60M for digital ads
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