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5:30 PM ET, October 16, 2020

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Brian Stelter / CNN:
Nielsen: Joe Biden's ABC town hall averaged 13.9M viewers, while Trump's NBC town hall averaged 10.6M; MSNBC and CNBC simulcasts of Trump brought total to 13M  —  New York (CNN Business)Joe Biden's town hall on ABC averaged 13.9 million viewers on Thursday night, easily surpassing …
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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.
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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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.
@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
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Zuckerberg hosted Ben Shapiro at his home last year and then in August told staff that Courier Newsroom wasn't a real news outlet due to political ties  —  Facebook's chief, once uninterested, has transformed himself into an active political operator in the Trump era
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
EU data protection authority finds IAB Europe's GDPR consent framework, adopted by Google and others, fails to meet required legal standards of data protection  —  A flagship framework for gathering Internet users' consent for targeting with behavioral ads — which is designed by ad industry body …
Jake Silverstein / New York Times:
A defense of the editing changes in summaries of The 1619 Project, following new criticisms from people including NYT columnist Bret Stephens  —  A response from our editor.  —  The 1619 Project, which was conceived of and led by Nikole Hannah-Jones, a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine …
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Laura Wagner / VICE:
NYT AME Carolyn Ryan told staff that columnists have wide latitude to criticize colleagues' work, in contrast to a policy against criticism on Twitter or Slack
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.
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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”
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.
Tom Dotan / The Information:
Mediaocean: ad spending on Snapchat more than doubled for July to September compared to the same period in 2019; some advertisers shifted budgets from Facebook  —  When Facebook reports third-quarter earnings later this month, the results are expected to show that the summer advertiser boycott …
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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 …
Jon Henley / The Guardian:
Dutch state broadcaster NOS says it has removed its logo from its broadcast vans because its journalists and crews are subjected daily to abuse by the far right  —  The Dutch state broadcaster has removed its logo from outside broadcast vans as politicians complained of a steep rise in threats …
 
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Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: Comcast's NBCUniversal and some PE firms approached Disney earlier this year about acquiring Hulu or operating it as a partnership, but were rebuffed
Lauren Katzenberg / New York Times:
NYT Magazine is winding down its At War project, a forum for exploring the experiences and costs of war, including the weekly Afghan casualty report
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
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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
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
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”