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12:25 PM ET, November 17, 2023


 Top News: 
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
Max Tani / Semafor:
Sources: the Los Angeles Times bans staff members who signed an open letter condemning Israel's bombing of Gaza from covering the war for at least three months  —  The Scoop  —  The Los Angeles Times is prohibiting staff from covering the Gaza war for at least three months if they signed …
Ryan Broderick / Garbage Day:
The outrage over TikToks about Osama Bin Laden exemplifies how the media cherry-picks content from the app and fails to understand its scale  —  Read to the end for the official banger of Thanksgiving  —  By now you have, no doubt, heard all about the dangerous new TikTok trend sweeping the nation.
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”
Cristina Criddle / Financial Times:
Microsoft blocks the word Disney from Bing Image Creator over copyright concerns raised by a viral trend where users created Disney film posters of their pets  —  Film company's logo was visible in mock-ups of movie illustrations featuring users' pets  —  Microsoft has tweaked …
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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.
Anne Branigin / Washington Post:
A profile of legal reporter Meghann Cuniff, who became popular via social media, particularly Black Twitter, for covering hip-hop stars' trials and tribulations  —  Covering the trials of hip-hop celebs made Meghann Cuniff a star on social media.  Now, she's translating legalese for the masses.
Tom Jones / Poynter:
In a podcast interview, Amazon Prime Video and Fox Sports anchor Charissa Thompson says she sometimes fabricated reports when she was a sideline reporter  —  Charissa Thompson did what has to be the worst thing a journalist could do.  It's inexcusable.  —  In what was a jaw-dropping admission …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Study: there are ~6,000 local newspapers left in the US, down from 8,891 in 2005; 4,790 publish weekly and 204 counties, or 6.4%, don't have a local news outlet  —  The decline of local newspapers accelerated so rapidly in 2023 that analysts now believe the U.S. will have lost one-third …
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  —  TikTok faces escalating accusations that it promotes pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel content.  “Shame on you,” Sacha Baron Cohen said on the call.
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  —  It's been a hell of a 24 hours for writers demonstrating moral courage.  —  Last night at the National Book Awards …
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Lawrence Abrams / BleepingComputer:
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