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10:50 AM ET, October 28, 2021


 Top News: 
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
Jacob Silverman / New York Magazine:
While whistleblowing and accountability journalism are useful, only sweeping political changes can limit Facebook's power, which has proven enduring  —  Amid years of ongoing crisis, Facebook in recent weeks has faced the public-relations equivalent of nuclear annihilation.
Washington Post:
Internal docs show Facebook staffers agonized over whether the company was nudging news organizations to produce “darker, more divisive content”
Tarpley Hitt / Gawker:
Sources: G/O Media has removed images from articles published before 2019 across its properties, but employees do not know the rationale for the removal  —  G/O Media — the parent company that runs 11 websites, including the former Gawker Media properties Gizmodo, Jalopnik, Deadspin …
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 …
Rachel Janfaza / CNN:
Former New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof announces he is running for governor of Oregon  —  Washington, DC (CNN)Former New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof announced Wednesday that he is running for governor of Oregon.  —  “I've never run for political office in my life …
Georg Szalai / The Hollywood Reporter:
ViacomCBS buys a majority stake in Spanish-language content producer Fox TeleColombia & Estudios TeleMexico from Disney to help fuel its streaming platforms  —  The deal and existing businesses will “position ViacomCBS as one of the leading Spanish-language content production companies in the world,” the conglomerate said.
Discussion: Deadline, C21Media and FierceVideo
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.
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.
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
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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
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
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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
Discussion: The Economic Times
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Good Information Inc., funded by Reid Hoffman and others, launches to invest in media companies that tackle misinformation