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7:50 PM ET, January 9, 2021


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The Verge:
Twitter says it has permanently suspended Trump's @realDonaldTrump account “due to the risk of further incitement of violence”  —  The president's preferred megaphone is gone  —  Twitter permanently banned President Donald Trump on Friday, days after a pro-Trump mob stormed the US Capitol leaving five dead.
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Twitter and Facebook's ban on Trump is not censorship, and demanding clear rules for social media moderation is “stupid” because the context is always changing  —  When I started writing this post, it was about Facebook's decision to suspend Trump's account indefinitely …
New York Times:
Three NYT journalists recount the harrowing scenes at the Capitol when it was breached by a mob  —  Three New York Times journalists were at the Capitol when it was breached.  Here's how they experienced it.  —  WASHINGTON — Something was not right inside the Senate chamber.
Tim Elfrink / Washington Post:
Toledo Blade staff are on byline strike after management said to avoid calling rioters Trump supporters and changed wording to signal other groups were involved  —  As Toledo Blade staffers, like journalists everywhere, scrambled Wednesday to document the attack on the Capitol …
New York Times:
Dlive, which attracts far-right video streamers and takes a cut of viewer donations, had a near-record 150K concurrent viewers Wednesday, according to estimates  —  A site called Dlive, where rioters broadcast from the Capitol, is benefiting from the growing exodus of right-wing users from Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
The New York Times Company:
Matt Thompson, previously EIC of the Center for Investigative Reporting's Reveal, is joining NYT as editor of Headway, to investigate global and national issues  —  Matt was previously the editor in chief of Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting.  —  Matt Thompson is joining The New York Times as editor of Headway.
Tanishaa Nadkar / Reuters:
UK's competition watchdog says it is investigating Google's proposals to remove third-party cookies from Chrome over concerns it could curb rival advertising  —  (Reuters) - UK's competition watchdog said on Friday it has launched an investigation into Google's proposals to remove third-party cookies …
Richard Nieva / CNET:
YouTube terminated Steve Bannon's War Room podcast channel and one associated channel on Friday, after receiving three strikes for violating YouTube's rules  —  The ban comes as social platforms have cracked down on misinformation and content that could incite violence following the storming of the Capitol.
Nic Newman / Reuters Institute for the Study …:
Survey of media leaders: 73% are confident about their outlet's future; 36% say policy intervention might help; 48% say some issues don't need neutral coverage  —  2. Platforms, publishers and regulation |  3. Impartiality versus the search for moral clarity |  4. Strategies for engagement: enduring formats find new favour |
Jessica Toonkel / The Information:
Sources: AT&T couldn't get an HBO Max distribution deal for Amazon's Fire TV devices before WarnerMedia agreed to extend its contract for AWS services  —  For six months after WarnerMedia launched HBO Max, the growth of the high-profile new streaming service suffered because the company …
Joshua Franklin / Reuters:
Source: Bustle Digital Group is exploring a merger with a SPAC to go public, aiming for a valuation of at least $600M  —  (Reuters) -Bustle Digital Group (BDG), the U.S. media platform whose publications include fashion magazine W and Bustle, is exploring a potential merger …
Wall Street Journal:
Roku has acquired global rights for Quibi content, sources say for less than $100M, and will make it available free to stream in 2021 on the Roku Channel  —  Maker of the biggest U.S. streaming video-player plans to put the content in its ad-supported channel
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