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8:50 AM ET, February 26, 2022


 Top News: 
Alex Heath / The Verge:
Nick Clegg says Meta refused a Russian order to stop the independent fact-checking and labeling of content from four state-owned media organizations on Facebook  —  Facebook refused to stop fact-checking four Russian news outlets  —  The Russian government has partially blocked access …
Karissa Bell / Engadget:
Twitter temporarily pauses ads and its recommendations feature in Ukraine and Russia to minimize “risks associated with the conflict” and reduce misinformation  —  Twitter has temporarily paused ads in Ukraine and Russia, one of several steps the company is taking …
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / VICE:
Russia's telecom and internet regulator announces a “partial restriction” of access to Facebook over Meta blocking some Russian media outlets
New York Times:
A look at how CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC covered the first day of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, with the latter two highlighting their most popular opinion hosts  —  Fox News stars like Tucker Carlson questioned why Americans hated Vladimir Putin, and CNN showed Russian tanks and rockets in live war-zone dispatches.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: CNN determined Allison Gollust broke rules by guiding Chris Cuomo as he tried to help Andrew Cuomo; Gollust spokeswoman says the claim is “ridiculous”  —  Spokeswoman for ex-CNN marketing chief says notion that messages to Chris Cuomo could be considered covert advice to Andrew Cuomo ‘is patently ridiculous’
Taylor Lorenz / Input:
Some Instagram meme pages are turning into “war pages” that repost unverified footage without context, often claiming to be run by journalists in Ukraine  —  Just hours after the first explosions rocked Ukraine Wednesday night, massive Instagram meme pages began promoting …
David Mack / BuzzFeed News:
Eurovision Song Contest organizers ban Russia from this year's event in Italy after several European countries threatened to withdraw if Russia participated  —  Organizers of the Eurovision Song Contest reversed course on Friday, announcing that Russia would no longer be permitted to perform in this year's event.
Justin Hendrix / Tech Policy Press:
Google, Facebook, Twitter, and other US tech firms should suspend the accounts of Russia's state media and other elements of Vladimir Putin's propaganda machine  —  Justin Hendrix is CEO and Editor of Tech Policy Press.  This piece represents his opinion, and not necessarily …
John Ourand / Sports Business Journal:
Sources: Apple and Amazon are front-runners in a $2B+/year bid for NFL Sunday Ticket; the NFL also wants to sell a stake in its media business and mobile rights  —  It appears likely that Sunday Ticket will move exclusively to a streaming service in 2023, as several sources have described Apple …
Alexandra Bruell / Wall Street Journal:
Vox Media, Complex Networks, and BDG are considering ditching Google's AMP for their own mobile-optimized articles; The Washington Post dropped AMP last summer  —  Owners of the Verge and Bustle test alternatives to AMP framework, an effort they expect will generate more ad revenue
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Gannett reports 1.6M digital subscribers, up 49% YoY, Q4 revenue of $827M, down 5.5% YoY, and a $22.4M net loss; the company sold 70 small publications in 2021  —  The newspaper chain grew digital subscriptions to 1.6 million but the surge appears to be driven by deeply discounted introductory rates.
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The Daily Beast:
In a tweet, the AP promoted selling an NFT of a video showing migrants in an overcrowded boat, but deleted the tweet and canceled the sale after criticism
The website of state-affiliated Russian news outlet RT News was taken down on Thursday, and the Anonymous collective took credit on Twitter
Richard Lawler / The Verge:
Tumblr launches an ad-free tier for $4.99/month or $39.99/year on desktop and in its mobile apps; Tumblr was once opposed to displaying ads, but caved in 2012
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