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2:15 PM ET, October 15, 2020

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@twittersafety:
[Thread] Twitter clarifies why it blocked the sharing of NY Post's Biden story, saying it contained private info and violated its Hacked Materials Policy  —  We want to provide much needed clarity around the actions we've taken with respect to two NY Post articles that were first Tweeted this morning.
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BuzzFeed News:
Facebook limits the distribution of a New York Post story that makes disputed claims about Hunter Biden, pending fact-check, while Twitter blocks sharing  —  Facebook and Twitter said they will be limiting the distribution of or blocking a New York Post story making unverified claims about former vice president Joe Biden.
Casey Newton / Platformer:
The Post hack-and-leak may remain in the right-wing conspiracy sphere if mainstream outlets treat it with the same severe skepticism Twitter and Facebook have
Hollywood Reporter:
Over 100 actors, writers, and producers sign a letter to NBCUniversal and Comcast execs protesting the airing of a Trump town hall opposite a Biden event  —  “You are enabling the president's bad behavior while undercutting the Presidential Debate Commission and doing a disservice to the American public …
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
NBC News to host a Trump town hall, moderated by Savannah Guthrie, on Thursday evening, at the same time ABC News is broadcasting a similar event with Biden
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
NBC sources say scheduling a Trump town hall head to head with ABC's Biden event was intended to match a similar forum Biden had Oct. 5, including the time slot
NBC News:
YouTube is now banning conspiracy theory content, such as QAnon or Pizzagate, that targets individuals and groups and is used to “justify real-world violence”  —  YouTube said Thursday that it would no longer allow content that targets individuals and groups with conspiracy theories …
Lachlan Cartwright / The Daily Beast:
Sources: Rupert Murdoch, semi-retired from operations at Fox News and News Corp, has told people he thinks Biden will win, as his NY Post blasts the candidate  —  The Australian mogul is disgusted by Trump's handling of COVID-19, remarking that the president is his own worst enemy and telling associates …
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
WarnerMedia will shut down HBO and WB TV channels in India, Pakistan, Maldives, and Bangladesh on December 15, citing changes in the pay-TV market  —  WarnerMedia will discontinue HBO and WB TV channels in India, Pakistan, Maldives, and Bangladesh later this year as the entertainment conglomerate struggles …
Discussion: Deadline, MediaNama and Variety
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Snapchat now lets iOS users add song clips from a catalog of music to their Snaps and Stories thanks to multiyear agreements with Warner Music Group and others  —  Snapchat today is launching a new feature called Sounds — which, taking a page from TikTok, lets app users add song clips to their Snaps and Stories.
John Glenday / The Drum:
TikTok partners with OpenSlate to create a brand safety tool that tracks where advertiser campaigns appear and filters out inappropriate content and categories  —  What does the partnership mean?  — The TikTok Brand Safety Solution is a verification and filter tool designed to weed …
Mark Wilson / Fast Company:
YouTube TV is adding NFL Fantasy Football, its first third-party app, allowing viewers to watch a game and pull up player scores on the same screen  —  Starting today, real football and your fantasy team are one and the same.  Tomorrow?  We can only guess.
Discussion: 9to5Google
New York Times:
Q&A with Ben Brantley, NYT's co-chief theater critic, as he retires after 27 years, on the power of the reviewer, making space for more diverse critics, more  —  After 27 years and more than 2,500 reviews, The Times's co-chief theater critic reviews his own tenure and talks about why he's (quietly) making an exit.
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
River, which offers a customized stream of bite-sized, shareable news stories from sources like NPR, Twitter, and NYT, raises $10.4M and launches on iOS  —  River today launched its eponymous social media app, which is designed to organize conversations into streams of shareable stories.
 
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Jabari Young / CNBC:
DraftKings signs deal to be the exclusive sportsbook and fantasy sports provider for WarnerMedia's Turner Sports and Bleacher Report, but excludes NBA content
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
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Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Amazon expands NFL coverage with the addition of one new wildcard playoff game on Amazon Prime Video, sharing the Jan. 10 game with ViacomCBS platforms
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David Sivak / Washington Examiner:
Washington Examiner hires Greg Wilson as its managing editor; Wilson was previously the managing editor at foxnews.com
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Spotify says Anchor creators in the US, UK, NZ, Canada, Australia, and Ireland can now add entire music tracks to their podcasts, as opposed to a brief sample