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5:05 PM ET, September 3, 2020


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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook says it will stop accepting new political ads a week before the US presidential election, as part of steps to protect against election interference  —  Striking a compromise to prevent election misinformation  —  Facebook will stop taking new political advertising in the United States …
Steve Kovach / CNBC:
Facebook's new policies on the US election are so narrow, and come into effect so late, that they won't have any real effect on election misinformation  —  - Facebook on Thursday said it would ban new political ads in the week before the Nov. 3 presidential election and enforce …
Alex Heath / The Information:
Sources: Apple has told some developers it plans to delay the enforcement of IDFA changes in iOS 14, after speaking to Activision Blizzard and others  —  Apple plans to delay the enforcement of a controversial change to its next mobile operating system that would upend how ads are targeted …
Jack Stubbs / Reuters:
Six of Peace Data's writers, the site linked to Russia's IRA, say they were reached on social media, paid $100-$250/story, sometimes told to add political spin  —  LONDON (Reuters) - When freelance journalist Laura Walters submitted a 1,000 word article about Chinese political influence …
Anthony Breznican / Vanity Fair:
Sources: Warner Bros. has suspended The Batman filming in UK after Robert Pattinson tested positive for the coronavirus  —  Vanity Fair has learned the star came down with the virus just days after shooting resumed.  —  Robert Pattinson has tested positive for the coronavirus …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Facebook says Watch now has over 1.25B monthly viewers, counting everyone who streamed for at least one minute  —  Facebook Watch, the social giant's two-year-old video streaming platform, has become a massive destination — now attracting over 1.25 billion users each month, the company claims.
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Podcast production company Parcast is unionizing under WGA East, making it the third Spotify-owned company, after Gimlet Media and The Ringer, to do so  —  Parcast joins Gimlet Media and The Ringer in unionization efforts  —  Parcast, the podcast production company Spotify acquired last year, is unionizing.
Discussion: @kerrymflynn and The Wrap
Dan McCrum / Financial Times:
How Wirecard tried to stop FT from reporting on fraud at the payments firm, using intimidation, private investigators, and allegations of market manipulation  —  Intimidation, surveillance and conspiracy theories: inside the FT's five-year investigation of a billion-dollar fraud
NPR and member stations name Priska Neely head of the Gulf States Newsroom, one of four regional news collaborations that also include CA, TX, and the Midwest  —  Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020; Washington, D.C. — NPR and Member stations in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana are building a new model …
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
Time 100 executive editor says its weekly Time 100 Talks average 5M views per episode and bring in sponsorship revenue in the mid-seven figures  —  Over the past two years, Time has held high ambitions of expanding its Time 100 awards program from a magazine special and a gala to an events and membership franchise.
Discussion: The Media Nut
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Chris Wallace to moderate first presidential debate, Steve Scully the second, and NBC's Kristen Welker the third; USA Today's Susan Page to moderate VP debate