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2:20 PM ET, March 11, 2022


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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.
Richard Lawler / The Verge:
Roskomnadzor says it is banning Instagram in Russia from March 14 because Meta now allows posts “calling for violence against Russian citizens”  —  First Facebook, now Instagram  —  One week after placing a ban on Facebook in Russia, the country's communications agency Roskomnadzor announced it will ban Instagram, too.
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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.
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 …
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
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  —  A Turkish court on Friday sentenced journalist Sedef Kabas to more than two years in prison after ruling that she insulted the president …
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
YouTube says it is blocking access to YouTube channels associated with Russian state-funded media globally, expanding from across Europe  —  RT and Sputnik have been blocked in Europe for over a week  —  YouTube says that it will start completely blocking YouTube channels funded by the Russian government …
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  —  The study compared paper abstracts with corresponding news articles and found that journalists generally expressed more uncertainty in their writing.
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Sony, Warner Music, Universal Music, and Live Nation suspend operations in Russia  —  The three major record conglomerates and the touring giant Live Nation are suspending operations over Russia's invasion of Ukraine, while individual artists have canceled tour dates.
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  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Amir Aman Kiyaro, a freelance journalist accredited to The Associated Press, marked 100 days in detention without charge …
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Newly released emails show Chris Cuomo's deep involvement in his brother's crisis-response operation, especially parts dealing with sexual harassment claims
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DuckDuckGo, which has touted its “unbiased” search results for years, says it will down-rank sites “associated with Russian disinformation”

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