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2:40 PM ET, January 29, 2022

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Chris Eggertsen / Billboard:
Joni Mitchell pulls her music from Spotify in solidarity with Neil Young, saying “irresponsible people are spreading lies that are costing people their lives”  —  “Irresponsible people are spreading lies that are costing people their lives,” Mitchell wrote on her official website Friday.
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Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Internal messages detail Spotify's lax health content policy; the company told staff multiple Joe Rogan podcast episodes “didn't meet the threshold for removal”  —  Leaked messages reveal the company has reviewed every Rogan episode and none ‘meet the threshold for removal’
Randall Roberts / Los Angeles Times:
A look at Neil Young's history of feuding with corporations and big institutions, from MTV to Spotify, and his digital music startup Pono that shut down in 2017  —  When Neil Young announced he was pulling his entire discography from music streaming giant Spotify over the platform's alliance …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Stephen Hayes, The Weekly Standard's former EIC who broke ties with Fox to protest Tucker Carlson's January 6 special, joins NBC News  —  Stephen Hayes, the conservative political analyst who raised eyebrows in November when he took to The New York Times to announce his breaking ties …
James Hale / Tubefilter:
YouTuber Hank Green compares TikTok's creator fund, which pays creators less as more creators join, unfavorably to YouTube, which pays 55% of ad revenue  —  In 2020, TikTok established a creator fund that distributes $200 million annually to creators based in the U.S.
Reuters:
Meta says it has paused new users from joining its social media tracking tool CrowdTangle as it works “through some staffing constraints”  —  Facebook's parent company Meta Platforms Inc (FB.O) has paused new users from joining its social media tracking tool CrowdTangle due to staffing constraints.
Joanne Kenen / Politico:
Some experts say David Leonhardt, author of the influential NYT newsletter “The Morning” underestimates and underplays COVID-19's risks by cherry-picking data  —  THE NIGHTLY READS ‘THE MORNING’ — With 5 million readers, David Leonhardt, the author of The New York Times …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
The Salt Lake Tribune tells staffers to hire and expense services to scrub their personal info from the internet, after threats followed a pandemic editorial  —  The Salt Lake Tribune alerted police to threats that the newspaper received after publishing a Jan. 15 editorial that ripped state leaders …
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Hearst Newspapers claims 300K digital-only subscribers, up 50% YoY, of which 140K are the San Francisco Chronicle's, as it plans a shared product and data hub  —  Heart's newspapers represent a sort of counterpoint to the perception that the industry is all about financial distress and contraction.
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Gene Maddaus / Variety:
A US judge refuses to dismiss a defamation lawsuit brought by a Georgian chess master against Netflix over a mention of her in an episode of The Queen's Gambit  —  A judge on Thursday refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a Georgian chess master who alleged that she was defamed in an episode of the Netflix series “The Queen's Gambit.”
Vipal Monga / Wall Street Journal:
Shopify denies copyright infringement claims from publishers and says court is the wrong venue to force changes in copyright laws that shield tech companies  —  E-commerce company says it isn't liable for copyright infringement by sellers; has responded to takedown requests
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Committee to Protect Journalists:
Journalist and Washington Post columnist Rana Ayyub has received 26K+ tweets, including rape and death threats, since criticizing Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen