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3:45 PM ET, September 21, 2022


 Top News: 
Twitch Blog:
Twitch announces subscription revenue above $100K will be split 50/50, not 70/30, starting on June 1, 2023, for streamers on premium deals, citing hosting costs  —  Hello, Twitch community.  I'm Dan Clancy, President of Twitch and responsible for the day-to-day operations of the service.
Rupert Neate / The Guardian:
The Telegraph, openDemocracy, TBIJ, and OCCRP face libel lawsuits in the US and UK over reporting on a fund named after ex-Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev  —  Complaints filed by charity named after ex-president reopen the debate over legal action against public interest journalism
Jem Bartholomew / Columbia Journalism Review:
Examining differences between “pink slime” local sites, often with partisan paid PR content, and partisan news outlets that mix advocacy with solid journalism  —  When the doors of the Texas Senate Chamber opened for the 2019 session, there were two new faces at the press table.
An analysis of October 2020 to August 2022 streams: Twitch's moderation tools often failed to stop kids from streaming and adults from finding and grooming them  —  The gaming platform's design enables people to find and exploit kids in real-time  —  Graphics and illustrations by Rachael Dottle
Pew Research Center:
Survey of US adults: 31% get news on Facebook, 25% on YouTube, 14% on Twitter, 13% on Instagram, and 10% on TikTok; a third of TikTok users get news on the app
Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Warner Music Group appoints YouTube's Chief Business Officer Robert Kyncl as CEO, replacing Stephen Cooper early in 2023  —  Kyncl, who had been YouTube's chief business officer, will succeed Stephen Cooper early next year.  —  Warner Music Group has found its next CEO.
James Vincent / The Verge:
Getty Images bans the upload and sale of AI-generated images using tools like DALL-E, Midjourney, and Stable Diffusion, citing concerns over legal challenges  —  Getty Images has banned the upload and sale of illustrations generated using AI art tools like DALL-E, Midjourney, and Stable Diffusion.
Clothilde Goujard / Politico:
European publishers criticize the EU's proposed European Media Freedom Act, arguing the law gives regulators too much power and would limit editorial control  —  Brussels has put forward a new law to protect deteriorating media freedom and pluralism across Europe — but press publishers argue it will have the opposite effect.
Discussion: Yahoo News and RFI
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
An ex-employee sues Axel Springer and Bild in the US, accusing them of failing to prevent sexual harassment and retaliation by former Bild EIC Julian Reichelt  —  In a lawsuit filed in California, a former employee said the media company did not appropriately handle her complaints about a top editor.
Discussion: @katie_robertson
Elizabeth Williamson / New York Times:
A judge dismisses Alex Jones' lawyer and chief restructuring officer in the bankruptcy of Infowars parent Free Speech Systems and expands a trustee's control  —  Citing a “lack of candor,” including over the Infowars fabulist's lavish spending, the judge ordered substantive changes to his company's oversight.
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Mia Sato / The Verge:
A Mozilla study using YouTube recommendation data from 20,000+ users and 500M+ videos finds the “dislike” and “not interested” buttons are largely ineffective
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Murray Stassen / Music Business Worldwide:
Memo: Kobalt Music strikes a new licensing deal with Meta after pulling 700K songs from Facebook and Instagram in the US in July 2022 due to failed negotiations
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube unveils Creator Music, which lets creators browse a catalog and use songs by buying rights or sharing revenue, launching out of beta in the US this fall
J. Clara Chan / The Hollywood Reporter:
Spotify launches a US audiobook service with 300K titles from major and independent publishers; users purchase and download individual books to play in its app