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8:20 AM ET, August 7, 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
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 …
News Corp:
News Corp reports Q4 revenue of $1.92B, down 22% YoY, and a net loss of $401M; WSJ digital-only subscriptions grew 23% in the quarter  —  - Beginning with the fourth quarter, the Company is presenting Dow Jones as a separate reportable segment, which better highlights its growth and value …
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).
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.
Ryan Ori / Chicago Tribune:
Filing: Tribune Publishing has terminated eight leases since March; sources: the company is in talks for a buyout of its Prudential Plaza 137K-square-foot lease  —  The Chicago Tribune's offices could be on the move for the second time in less than three years, as the newspaper's parent company seeks …
Mike Peterson / AppleInsider:
Report: in Q1 2020, 54% of US households with broadband had a smart TV, surpassing the 42% share held by streaming devices like Roku  —  Streaming devices and set-top boxes like Roku or the Apple TV are increasingly losing ground to internet-connected smart TVs with the shift amplified by the coronavirus pandemic, new data shows.
Discussion: The Information and @appleinsider
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.
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 …
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.
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
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Jazz Tangcay / Variety:
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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
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
TikTok tightens policies against manipulated content, expands fact-checking partnerships, and is working with DHS's Countering Foreign Influence Task Force