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9:35 PM ET, September 21, 2022


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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.
Jem Bartholomew / Columbia Journalism Review:
Examining the differences between “pink slime” local sites, often with partisan paid PR posts, 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.
Sara Rafsky / Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at 90 readers' reactions to “pink slime” local news sites: a very narrow majority rated coverage as balanced and most found the content non-newsworthy  —  EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND KEY FINDINGS  —  The Tow Center for Digital Journalism started researching the phenomenon …
Rupert Neate / The Guardian:
The Telegraph, openDemocracy, TBIJ, and the OCCRP face US and UK libel lawsuits for reporting about 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
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
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
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
Cat Zakrzewski / Washington Post:
Florida's attorney general asks the US Supreme Court whether the First Amendment prohibits states from regulating how social media companies moderate content  —  The state attorney general filed a petition to the Court on Wednesday, after two lower courts split on decisions about social media laws
James Vincent / The Verge:
Getty Images bans uploading and selling images generated with AI tools like DALL-E, Midjourney, and Stable Diffusion, citing concerns users may face legal risks  —  Getty Images has banned the upload and sale of illustrations generated using AI art tools like DALL-E, Midjourney, and Stable Diffusion.
Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Warner Music Group appoints YouTube Chief Business Officer Robert Kyncl as CEO, replacing Stephen Cooper on January 1, 2023; Cooper will leave WMG in February  —  Kyncl, who had been YouTube's chief business officer, will succeed Stephen Cooper early next year.  —  Warner Music Group has found its next CEO.
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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
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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
J. Clara Chan / The Hollywood Reporter:
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