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10:30 AM ET, October 16, 2020

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Vijaya Gadde / @vijaya:
[Thread] Twitter updates Hacked Materials Policy, says it won't remove content unless shared by hackers themselves and will label tweets instead of block links  —  Over the last 24 hours, we've received significant feedback (from critical to supportive) about how we enforced our Hacked Materials Policy yesterday. After reflecting on this feedback, we have decided to make changes to the policy and how we enforce it.
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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
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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Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
Despite fears that the NBC town hall would amount to free promotion for Trump, Savannah Guthrie grilled him and repeatedly challenged his evasions  —  The network was criticized for accommodating Trump after he rejected a debate.  But then the ‘Today’ host started asking him questions.
Todd Shields / Bloomberg:
Ajit Pai says FCC will start a rulemaking to clarify the meaning of Section 230, and social media doesn't have “special immunity denied to other media outlets”  —  - Agency chief says it will conduct rulemaking Trump sought  — Social media doesn't have special immunity, Chairman Pai says
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The FCC has no jurisdiction over Section 230, which was explicitly written to deny the FCC any authority over websites  —  For years, FCC Chair Ajit Pai has insisted that the thing that was most important to him was to have a “light touch” regulatory regime regarding the internet.
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 …
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Gannett CEO Mike Reed announced that the company will be offering another round of voluntary buyouts starting next week  —  The company's CEO announced the changes during a town hall Wednesday.  Offer letters to potential buyout volunteers will be sent out Monday.
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
FiveThirtyEight starts three-week-long live blog to cover voting logistics, with posts that don't yet merit their own stories, reader questions, and live chats  —  From wild conspiracy theories to legitimate growing pains associated with implementing brand-new voting procedures …
Jason Gurwin / The Streamable:
Nexstar ABC affiliates dropped From Hulu + Live TV in 20+ markets due to a carriage dispute, though Hulu has replaced them with a national ABC feed  —  In the first major carriage dispute for the Live TV Streaming Service, Hulu + Live TV has lost Nexstar ABC affiliates on the service.
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 …
Elizabeth Jensen / New York Times:
PBS' ability to meet the moment with free educational content and programming that contextualizes US history shows the need for its original, expansive mission  —  It created the blueprint for what TV has become.  And, while networks and streaming services reap the benefits of PBS's successes, it is still struggling to survive.
David Bauder / Associated Press:
C-SPAN suspended editor Steve Scully indefinitely after he admitted he lied about his Twitter account being hacked following his tweet to Anthony Scaramucci  —  NEW YORK (AP) — C-SPAN suspended its political editor Steve Scully indefinitely Thursday after he admitted to lying about his Twitter feed …
 
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