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9:40 PM ET, November 17, 2023

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Ina Fried / Axios:
Sources: Apple pauses all its advertising on X after Elon Musk's endorsement of an antisemitic X post and a report that Apple ads ran next to pro-Nazi content  —  - The left-leaning nonprofit Media Matters for America published a report Thursday that highlighted Apple, IBM …
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Disney says it is pausing spending on X, joining Lionsgate and IBM  —  Disney, Apple and Lionsgate halted marketing on X, formerly Twitter, as Elon Musk faced a furor over antisemitic abuse on his social media platform.  —  The blowback over Elon Musk's endorsement of an antisemitic conspiracy theory …
Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
IBM suspends its advertising on X after Media Matters said X has been placing ads for IBM, Apple, Oracle, Xfinity, and NBCU's Bravo alongside pro-Nazi material  —  Tech company's move is the latest setback to Linda Yaccarino's efforts to convince brands Elon Musk's platform is safe
Jonathan Vanian / CNBC:
Warner Bros. Discovery, Paramount Global, Lionsgate, and Comcast suspend ads on X, joining other media and tech companies  —  - Apple has paused its online advertising campaigns on X, formerly Twitter, after owner Elon Musk made antisemitic comments on the platform.
Nicholas Vinocur / Politico:
Internal note: the European Commission plans to “temporarily suspend” X advertising over widespread disinformation concerns and to avoid “reputational damage”  —  Ads on Musk-owned social media site risk causing ‘reputational damage’ to the EU, its executive says in internal note.
Max Tani / Semafor:
Fox News and radio host Mark Levin endorsed Ted Cruz in 2016 and is endorsing Ron DeSantis for 2024 without disclosing his stepson's work for both candidates  —  The Scoop  —  A powerful right-wing media figure who described himself as “all in for DeSantis” has a family connection to the campaign.
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Ted Johnson / Deadline:
TikTok removes videos promoting Osama Bin Laden's “Letter to America” that justified the 9/11 attacks, but calls reports that they were trending “inaccurate”
Giulia Petroni / Wall Street Journal:
Italy's competition watchdog opens an investigation into whether Meta has failed to provide adequate information on how to mark branded content on Instagram  —  Italy's competition watchdog has opened an investigation into whether Meta Platforms has failed to provide adequate information …
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
The Golden Globes will air live on CBS, stream on Paramount+, and be available in the CBS app on January 7, 2024, after ending its longtime association with NBC  —  Co-Editor-in-Chief, TV  —  The Golden Globes have found a new broadcast home.  The upcoming 81st edition of the Hollywood awards show …
Elias Leight / Billboard:
Email: Apple added Apple Music fraud protections, like “financial adjustments” for repeat fraudsters, in 2022, resulting in a 30% drop in streaming manipulation  —  While Spotify is just now moving towards a penalty system, Apple quietly started making “financial adjustments” for repeat fraudsters more than a year ago.
 
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In a podcast interview, Amazon Prime Video and Fox Sports anchor Charissa Thompson admits she would sometimes fabricate reports when she was a sideline reporter
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Max Tani / Semafor:
Sources: the Los Angeles Times bans nearly a dozen staff who signed a letter condemning Israel's bombing of Gaza from covering the war for at least three months
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Sapna Maheshwari / New York Times:
Over a dozen Jewish celebrities and creators confronted TikTok executives on a call, urging them to do more to address antisemitism and harassment on the app
Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
How Audacy's ~$1.5B bet on CBS Radio backfired: radio is struggling, podcasts and streaming audio did not make enough revenue to replace lost ad sales, and more
Dan Sheehan / Literary Hub:
Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Anne Boyer resigns as The New York Times Magazine's poetry editor, calling out “ghoulish euphemisms” about Palestinians' suffering
 

 
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Allison Johnson / The Verge:
Google says RCS in Google Messages now has over 1B MAUs, and adds Photomoji, Screen Effects, Custom Bubbles, and other features

Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Apple releases emergency security updates for iOS, iPadOS, and macOS to fix two zero-days that may have been exploited, reaching 20 zero-days patched in 2023

Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Meta plans to launch Threads in Europe in December, the largest expansion since its July debut, offering a choice of using Threads without a profile

 
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