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2:25 AM ET, October 16, 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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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
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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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.
@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
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
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The FCC has no jurisdiction over Section 230, which was explicitly written to deny the FCC any authority over websites  —  from the that's-not-how-any-of-this-works dept  —  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.
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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
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
 
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New York Times:
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