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8:55 AM ET, November 15, 2016

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Sheera Frenkel / BuzzFeed:
Sources: Facebook staffers form unofficial task force to review company's role in promoting fake news, challenge Zuckerberg's dismissal of concerns  —  The group is hoping to challenge the position by CEO Mark Zuckerberg that the platform has no responsibility to address the issue following the election of Donald Trump.
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Michael Nunez / Gizmodo:
Source: Facebook shelved an update that would have identified fake news stories because it would disproportionately affect right-wing news sites  —  It's no secret that Facebook has a fake news problem.  Critics have accused the social network of allowing false and hoax news stories to run rampant …
New York Times:
On election night Breitbart's Facebook page had more engagement than CNN, Fox News, and the NYT; ex-spokesman says it's closest thing US has to state-run media  —  There is talk of Breitbart bureaus opening in Paris, Berlin and Cairo, spots where the populist right is on the rise.
New York Times:
Google and Facebook say they will ban fake news sites from using their advertising networks as misinformation spreads online  —  Over the last week, two of the world's biggest internet companies have faced mounting criticism over how fake news on their sites may have influenced the presidential election's outcome.
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Sonam Sheth / Business Insider:
As the debate about Facebook's role in spreading fake news throughout the election continues, Google's top result for “final election count” is a fake news site  —  If you Googled “final election count” on Monday morning to find out which presidential candidate was ahead in the popular vote …
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Longtime PBS news anchor Gwen Ifill, co-host of PBS' NewsHour and moderator of Washington Week, has died at 61  —  Gwen Ifill, the longtime PBS news anchor who had served as a co-host of the “PBS NewsHour” and as moderator of “Washington Week,” has died after a battle with cancer, PBS has confirmed.
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
WSJ Editor-in-Chief Gerard Baker says the paper's reformatted print edition, that debuted Monday, was a response to a new era of lower print ad revenues  —  Editor-in-chief Gerard Baker says the paper, which confronted a 21 percent decrease in advertising revenue in the most recent quarter, is trying to attract subscribers.
Borys Kit / Hollywood Reporter:
Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons to play lead role in BuzzFeed Motion Pictures movie, Brother Orange; he has been cast as BuzzFeed editor Matt Stopera  —  Warner Bros. is working with BuzzFeed Motion Pictures to tell the true story of the internet phenomenon.  —  The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons …
Discussion: Guardian
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
Since Trump's victory on November 8, Atlantic sees 160% boost in subscriptions and NYT gets four times more print and digital sign-ups than usual  —  ProPublica, The New York Times, The Atlantic, and others say that they've seen an increase in interest from readers.
Liana B. Baker / Reuters:
Sources: IDG, owner of PCWorld and IDC, is in talks to sell for more than $1B to a Chinese investor group headed by IDG of Greater China chairman Hugo Shong  —  International Data Group, a pioneer in technology publishing and owner of such venerable names as PCWorld and the market research firm IDC …
Discussion: @harrymccracken and @jsnell
 
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