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10:10 PM ET, October 22, 2021


 Top News: 
Los Angeles Times:
Sources: citing unsafe working conditions, a half-dozen camera crew workers walked off the Rust set hours before Alec Baldwin fatally shot a cinematographer  —  Hours before actor Alec Baldwin fatally shot a cinematographer on the New Mexico set of “Rust” with a prop gun …
Victoria Traxler / Santa Fe New Mexican:
Sheriff's office: Alec Baldwin discharged a “prop firearm” that killed a cinematographer and injured the movie director of Rust, being filmed near Santa Fe, NM  —  Actor Alec Baldwin discharged a “prop firearm” that killed a cinematographer and injured the director of the movie Rust …
The Information:
Sources: over 12 news outlets, including AP and Fox Business, formed a consortium to sift leaked Facebook docs from Frances Haugen, reporting stories separately  —  It's not often that major news organizations coordinate to sift through a large trove of leaked company documents and agree …
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
Whistleblower claims Facebook VP Joel Kaplan defended an exemption for Breitbart from platform rules, asking: “Do you want to start a fight with Steve Bannon?”  —  Latest complaint to the SEC blames top leadership for failing to warn investors about serious problems at the company
Twitter now lets users subscribe to Revue newsletters directly from tweets in the timeline  —  Anna from Revue  —  I know you don't normally hear from me on a Friday, but I've got something pretty great to announce: … This is all part of our mission to help you grow.
Anna Kramer / Protocol:
Twitter says its research shows its algorithms amplify right-leaning content more than left-leaning content, but doesn't know what causes the amplification  —  Twitter is publicly sharing research findings today that show that the platform's algorithms amplify tweets from right-wing politicians …
Tonya Riley / CyberScoop:
FTC study on the six largest ISPs finds that some fail to fully inform consumers on how their data is monetized, such as using browsing history to serve up ads  —  Internet service providers fail to disclose to consumers how they use sensitive data, obscure privacy practices and make it difficult …
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Axel Springer CEO denies that the company planned to appoint Axios “top management” as EIC of Politico and says there is no intention now to buy Axios  —  With the German media giant under fire at home, billionaire CEO Mathias Döpfner—all six-foot-seven of him …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Leaked recording: Axel Springer CEO told Politico staffers he made “a mistake” in saying he planned a paywall for Politico: “No decision has been made”
Michael Hobbes / Confirm My Choices:
The media's warnings about the illiberal left fall apart under scrutiny, create moral panics, and are used to justify anti-democratic measures  —  During the 1990s, the media convinced Americans that frivolous lawsuits were out of control.  —  The canonical example was the 1994 “McDonald's hot coffee” case.
Nicholas Russell / Gawker:
The Believer, which provided a space for both established names and newcomers to write about the arts, has become a victim of mismanagement and neglect  —  R.I.P.  —  On Tuesday, the Black Mountain Institute at University of Nevada-Las Vegas announced the imminent closure of The Believer magazine …
Washington Post:
China's Tencent removes live broadcasts of Boston Celtics games after the team's center, Enes Kanter, called Xi Jinping a “brutal dictator” on social media  —  The Boston Celtics are facing blowback in China after center Enes Kanter posted a video voicing his support for Tibetan independence.
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