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6:55 PM ET, October 15, 2020

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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
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  —  In a New York Post report, Facebook and Twitter smell a rat  —  I.  —  In the run-up to the 2020 election, platforms have been preparing for all manner of threats.
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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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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
Robinson Meyer / The Atlantic:
The Atlantic launches Planet, a section devoted to climate change, and Weekly Planet, a newsletter  —  I've been covering climate change for The Atlantic for five years, or nearly a sixth of the time I've been alive.  That's long enough to watch the world change around me.
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 …
Kelsey Sutton / Adweek:
Nielsen will include ads watched on YouTube apps on CTVs in its YouTube campaign measurements, which already cover mobile and digital screens, from 2021  —  First phase, arriving in 2021, comes as viewership has soared  —  The move will let media buyers and sellers track audiences across …
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.
Alex Kantrowitz / OneZero:
Interview with Ben Smith on brutal internal politics and the use of Slack at The NYT, working remotely, and the inevitable regulation of social platforms  —  Plus, why Twitter is a double-edged sword … the Media Equation columnist at the New York Times, Ben Smith is covering an industry going through transformation and turbulence.
 
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