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5:10 AM ET, October 28, 2021

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Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
Critics accuse WSJ of amplifying misinformation after it publishes a 600-word letter to the editor from Trump, filled with debunked claims of election fraud  —  The publication of the letter, citing baseless and debunked claims, was criticized for pushing the traditional boundaries of a letters-to-the-editor page
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Spotify reports Q3 revenue of $2.9B, up 27% YoY; MAUs rose 19% YoY to 381M as Premium users rose 19% YoY to 172M; ad sales rose 75% YoY to $374M; stock up 6%+  —  Spotify posted double-digit gains for overall monthly users and paid subscribers for the third quarter of 2021, in line with expectations …
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Washington Post:
Internal docs show Facebook staffers agonized over whether the company was nudging news organizations to produce “darker, more divisive content”  —  In November 2018, the staff of Facebook's fledgling Civic Integrity department got a look at some eye-opening internal research …
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Charlie Warzel / Galaxy Brain:
Sources say Facebook Papers have no sharing restrictions, so media outlets should model transparency and make them publicly accessible
USA Today:
USA Today launches an SMS text chat service, letting digital subscribers connect with its fact checkers  —  We're living in an age of misinformation.  From coronavirus to climate change, via TikTok trends and Facebook memes, being certain about the truth is more important than ever - and more difficult to distinguish.
Discussion: @jayrosen_nyu and @dpfunke
Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:
Internal docs show Netflix tried to minimize public backlash to the film Cuties by stopping it from appearing in some search results and recommendations  —  In September 2020, Netflix was in turmoil as the company battled its most significant PR scandal to date.
Nancy Tartaglione / Deadline:
Sony reports Q2 revenue rose 13% YoY to $21B and operating income rose 1% YoY to $2.8B; Sony Pictures revenue rose 35% YoY to $2.37B as its films grossed $105M  —  Sony Pictures Entertainment recorded $288M in operating profits for the three months ending September 30, repping a 7% dip from the same period last year.
Discussion: The Wrap, Reuters, Engadget and Bloomberg
Mark Hicks / Detroit News:
Judge dismisses charges against Detroit police officer Daniel DeBono, accused of shooting rubber bullets at three photojournalists after a 2020 protest  —  Charges have been dismissed against a Detroit police corporal accused of shooting three journalists with rubber bullets during a 2020 George Floyd demonstration.
Shraddha Chakradhar / Nieman Lab:
A pre-election Austrian study found that interest in politics fell for people who read non-mainstream news sites, perhaps due to cynical media takes  —  The results of a new study published in Digital Journalism suggest that exposure to alternative media sites — which are often extremist …
 
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Rachel Janfaza / CNN:
Former New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof announces he is running for governor of Oregon
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Snap says it has 100M MAUs in India and partners with entertainment TV channels Sony and Zee TV for curated content in Snapchat's Discover section
Mónica Marie Zorrilla / Variety:
UCLA Hollywood Diversity study: in 2019-2020, women almost reached parity with men in casts and writers' rooms; Latinx still underrepresented across the board
Tarpley Hitt / Gawker:
Sources: images in thousands of BuzzFeed posts were taken down in 2020 to ward off copyright claims; staffers can restore images if they're credited or licensed
New York Times:
Netflix will bid for a 289-acre chunk of former US Army post Fort Monmouth in NJ, to create its second-largest production complex, behind ABQ Studios in NM
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Makena Kelly / The Verge:
Biden names Jessica Rosenworcel to officially lead the FCC, nominates Gigi Sohn as third Democratic commissioner, but it's unclear if Senate will confirm soon
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Good Information Inc., funded by Reid Hoffman and others, launches to invest in media companies that tackle misinformation