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7:20 AM ET, March 12, 2022

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Taylor Lorenz / Washington Post:
Biden administration is working with Gen Z For Change, a nonprofit advocacy group, to brief top TikTok stars about the war in Ukraine  —  On Thursday afternoon, 30 top TikTok stars gathered on a Zoom call to receive key information about the war unfolding in Ukraine.
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David Gilbert / VICE:
Investigation finds a campaign coordinated in a secret Telegram channel to pay Russian TikTok influencers to post videos pushing pro-Kremlin narratives  —  An investigation by VICE News uncovered a coordinated campaign to pay Russian TikTok influencers to post videos pushing pro-Kremlin narratives.
Tatiana Siegel / Rolling Stone:
Texts, emails, and interviews document the deep ties among Jeff Zucker, Allison Gollust, and Andrew Cuomo, and Zucker and Trump's earlier relationship  —  Texts, email exchanges, and 36 sources tell the true story behind the downfall of TV's ultimate operator
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Tim Marchman / VICE:
Newly released emails show Chris Cuomo's deep involvement in his brother's crisis-response operation, especially parts dealing with sexual harassment claims
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
CNN+ is launching March 29  —  People who are interested in CNN Plus finally have a date when they can add it to their streaming repertoire.  The WarnerMedia-owned cable-news outlet intends to launch the subscription broadband service on March 29.  —  The detail — perhaps the last piece …
Adam B. Vary / Variety:
CEO Bob Chapek says Disney will pause Florida political donations and apologizes to LGBTQ staff for not being a stronger ally in debate on “Don't Say Gay” bill  —  After weeks of internal strife and external controversy surrounding the Walt Disney Company's lack of public response to the …
Jillian Deutsch / Bloomberg:
Russia moves to designate Meta as an “extremist organization”; source says WhatsApp won't be affected as it is a means of communication  —  Russian prosecutors have asked a court to ban Meta Platforms Inc.'s Facebook and Instagram as “extremist,” Interfax reported, the latest move in a growing crackdown on social networks.
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Josef Adalian / Vulture:
Netflix CFO says “never say never” to ads as HBO Max and Disney+ start experimenting with them: the model of low-cost, ad-free streaming was never going to last  —  Lots of factors played a role in Netflix becoming the world's biggest TV platform within the space of a decade …
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Financial Times:
EU and the UK open an antitrust probe into Google and Meta's Jedi Blue deal on online ads; EU is also probing whether Google acted without Meta's knowledge  —  Europe's competition chief Margrethe Vestager tells FT that ‘Jedi Blue’ deal represents ‘giant problem’ in industry
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Disney-controlled Hulu will offer Unlimited DVR for its Hulu+Live TV customers for no extra cost starting April 13, matching Google's YouTube TV  —  Hulu is finally getting competitive with YouTube TV on the DVR front: The Disney-controlled streamer next month will unlock a new Unlimited DVR feature …
 
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Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
YouTube says it is blocking access to YouTube channels associated with Russian state-funded media globally, expanding from across Europe
CBC News:
Saudi blogger Raif Badawi has been released from prison, 10 years after he was jailed for criticizing religious figures and promoting liberal views of Islam
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Ali Kucukgocmen / Reuters:
A Turkish court sentences journalist Sedef Kabas to more than two years in prison for tweeting a proverb that was allegedly insulting to Erdogan
Angela Fu / Poynter:
A study comparing abstracts from scientific papers with corresponding news articles finds that journalists tend to understate claims made by the authors
Associated Press:
A freelance video journalist for The Associated Press has been held for 100 days in Ethiopia without being charged; AP and press advocates call for his release