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4:25 PM ET, December 17, 2022


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Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
By using flimsy, absurd excuses for banning journalists' Twitter accounts, Elon Musk and his buddies reveal themselves as hypocrites who lack principles  —  Look, I fucking warned Elon that this is exactly how it would go.  It's how it always goes.  —  Remember Parler?
Pranav Dixit / BuzzFeed News:
Elon Musk briefly joined a Twitter Space hosted by a BuzzFeed News tech reporter discussing the latest bans, but left after journalists asked him questions  —  The embattled Twitter CEO briefly appeared in the Twitter Space hosted by BuzzFeed News tech reporter Katie Notopoulos.
Max Tani / Semafor:
Sources: NBC News suspended Ben Collins from covering Elon Musk on NBC and MSNBC for criticism of Musk earlier in December deemed not editorially appropriate  —  News organizations are scrambling to respond to Elon Musk's suspension from Twitter of prominent journalists whose coverage he objected to.
Gabe Hoffman / @gabehoff:
Twitter has suspended Business Insider reporter Linette Lopez, who covers Tesla and who has documented times when Elon Musk has “tracked and doxxed” his critics  —  Elon Musk just suspended Business Insider reporter Linette Lopez for documenting the times Elon had his enemies tracked and doxxed She did not post anything related to Elon's jet She has done amazing investigative reporting on Tesla
The Guardian:
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Twitter suspends Mastodon's account and bans Mastodon links, calling them “harmful” and “malware”, after Mastodon tweeted a jet tracking account on its service
Ryan Mac / New York Times:
Twitter updates its private information and media policy with new rules, including suspending accounts “dedicated to sharing someone else's live location”
Mike Florio / ProFootballTalk:
Report: Apple has backed out of negotiations for the rights to NFL Sunday Ticket; Amazon and Google are the only parties left, meaning Disney/ESPN exited too  —  The company once regarded as the frontrunner for NFL Sunday Ticket has opted to take a Sunday drive, instead.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources detail a bruising power struggle at Disney as Bob Iger undermined Bob Chapek for years before returning as the company's CEO  —  The former Walt Disney Co. chief executive undermined and then succeeded the man he had handpicked to lead the entertainment giant
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Podcast and music media company Audio Up raised a nearly $10M Series C to ramp up the music side of its business and build new facilities in Nashville  —  Podcast and music media company Audio Up, founded and led by music production pioneer Jared Gutstadt, announced the initial closing …
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Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
Sources: NBC won't give the 10pm time slot to affiliate stations during the 2023-2024 broadcast season, which it had considered as a cost-cutting measure  —  A report last August about NBC considering dropping the 10 PM hour and giving it back to its affiliate stations rattled the creative community …
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Bari Weiss describes searching through Twitter's internal archives using terms like dates and names and says her team didn't cherry-pick files to fit an agenda