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8:05 PM ET, May 5, 2021


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Oversight Board:
Facebook Oversight Board upholds Trump's suspension, but asks Facebook to review the decision within six months to determine a penalty consistent with its rules  —  The Board has upheld Facebook's decision on January 7, 2021, to restrict then-President Donald Trump's access to posting content on his Facebook page and Instagram account.
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The Oversight Board's decision on Trump's Facebook ban failed to send a clear message that a powerful public official can't use Facebook to endanger the public  —  In more than 1,400 posts from Jan. 1, 2020 and Jan. 6, 2021, Donald Trump used Facebook to spread false information with devastating consequences for the country.
After teasing a new social media platform, Trump debuts a new section on his website that's effectively a blog
Katharine Viner / The Guardian:
On the Guardian's 200th anniversary, its EIC lays out her vision for the newspaper in its third century and what role media can play in a post-pandemic world  —  On the Guardian's 200th anniversary, our editor-in-chief sets out how media can help rebuild a better world beyond Covid
Larry McShane / New York Daily News:
A New York Daily News reporter asks for a committed New York City owner to rescue the newspaper from “visiting vulture” Alden Global Capital  —  Like any good tabloid headline, it's simple, snappy and succinct: DAILY NEWS NEEDS NEW OWNER.  —  And not just any owner: a New York owner …
Edmund Lee / New York Times:
NYT added 301K digital subscribers in Q1, the slowest gain in over a year, for a total of 6.9M digital subs and 7.8M total subs, with profit up 54% YoY to $68M  —  The publisher added 301,000 digital subscribers for the first quarter, the slowest gain in over a year.  Profits jumped, beating Wall Street expectations.
Shoshana Wodinsky / Gizmodo:
Signal says Facebook shut down its ad account over an Instagram ad campaign that showed the user data Facebook used in targeting the ads  —  A series of Instagram ads run by the privacy-positive platform Signal got the messaging app booted from the former's ad platform, according to a blog post Signal published on Tuesday.
Christopher Palmeri / Bloomberg:
Fox Corporation beats analyst estimates with Q3 revenue of $3.22B, down about 6.5% YoY; ad sales for the unit including Fox News fell almost 7% to $283M  —  - Company hosted the Super Bowl last year, hurting comparisons  — Ad sales fell at cable unit, with fewer Fox News viewers
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Fox says it will acquire right-leaning sports outlet Outkick Media, founded by Clay Travis, who has extensive Fox ties through radio and cable appearances
Discussion: Awful Announcing, The Wrap and Sportico
Brad Stone / Bloomberg:
How Jeff Bezos beat the National Enquirer by casting himself as a sympathetic defender of the press fighting a political conspiracy by AMI and Trump's allies  —  When a gossip rag went after the CEO, he retaliated with the brutal, brilliant efficiency he used to build his business empire.
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Billboard says it will publish a ranking of the most popular songs in the US based on Twitter conversations; the chart will be updated daily  —  The ranking will be one of Billboard's first that doesn't measure how much people listen to music  —  Billboard, the king of music charts …
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
In a pitch to advertisers, Twitter unveils a slate of new video programming, working with partners including Refinery29, MLB, NBCUniversal News, NHL, and WNBA
Discussion: Variety
Thomas Seal / Bloomberg:
Former Dow Jones CEO Will Lewis launches The News Movement, an outlet focused on delivering objective news to mass audiences on social media  —  - Will Lewis venture aims to tackle misinformation crisis  —  A former chief executive officer of the Dow Jones financial news service, Will Lewis …
Rebecca Rubin / Variety:
Netflix will release upcoming zombie thriller Army of the Dead at 200 Cinemark locations before streaming debut, its first wide release at a major theater chain  —  Netflix and movie theaters are finally playing nice — and all it took was a global pandemic to turn these antagonists into friends.
Damien Wilde / 9to5Google:
YouTube says Shorts, its TikTok rival, will roll out to all US-based creators next week, after testing in beta in March  —  YouTube is vigorously pushing Shorts with the TikTok short-form video competitor within the main platform now available and rolling out to all US-based creators.
Jessica M. Goldstein / Washingtonian:
Profile of White House Press Sec Jen Psaki, whose measured, warm approach is winning over a press corps used to Trump-era anarchy and Obama-era fratty cruelty  —  Half of America is smitten with Jen Psaki, while a swath of the White House press corps sounds quite taken with how polite she is.
Discussion: Mediaite and @erikwemple
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Twitter buys Scroll, the $5/month service that removes ads from partner news sites; Scroll's Nuzzel email service will shut down on May 6  —  The Nuzzel email service is winding down and the future of Scroll is uncertain  —  Twitter's acquisition spree continues today with Scroll …
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ViacomCBS' Pluto TV Latino expands to 45+ channels in the US, adding more news programming and rebranding as Pluto TV En Español
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