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5:10 PM ET, March 14, 2017


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Amar Toor / The Verge:
Germany's justice minister introduces draft law proposing fines of up to $53M on social media companies that fail to remove hate speech  —  Justice ministry says Facebook and Twitter are still failing to quickly remove illegal content reported by users  —  The German Justice Ministry …
Kelly Fiveash / Ars Technica UK:
Facebook says moderation “was not working” in response to BBC probe of sexualized photos of children on FB, where 82 of 100 reported posts were not removed  —  Twitter, Google, and Facebook scolded over lax response to online abuse.  —  Facebook has claimed that it tweaked …
Discussion: BBC
Alex Spence / BuzzFeed:   Google refuses request from MPs to remove anti-Semitic video that talked of “white genocide”, as exec tells UK committee hate speech guidelines weren't violated
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Vice Media signs expanded deal with Snap, under which it will produce shows exclusively for Snapchat, including an eight-episode dating series  —  Snapchat continues to beef up its lineup of premium short-form shows: Snap Inc. and Vice Media have struck an expanded deal under which Vice will produce shows exclusively for Snapchat.
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Interview with Sam Parr, founder and CEO of The Hustle, a newsletter that covers tech/business, has 300K subs and raised $300K from readers by offering stock  —  “One guy put in a hundred grand.”  —  Launching a general-interest tech and business news site these days seems like kind of a dumb idea — there's way too much competition.
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Andrew Kirell / The Daily Beast:
Fox Business Network sees ratings surge after abandoning straight business news for politics with a right-wing voice and becoming a Trump defender  —  It turns out Donald Trump never would have needed to launch his own cable-news outlet if he'd lost the election.  He already has one: It's called the Fox Business Network.
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Senator Jeanne Shaheen introduces bill to give DoJ additional authority to investigate RT America for possible violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act  —  New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is introducing a bill that would give the Justice Department additional authority …
Brian Flood / The Wrap:
Report: questioned about his rumoured 2020 bid for the White House, Disney CEO Bob Iger neither confirmed nor denied the story  —  Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger won't consider running for President of the United States at the moment, but he didn't rule out a White House bid once his schedule clears up, according to CNN's Chloe Melas.
Ted Bridis / Associated Press:
AP analysis: Obama administration spent $36.2M on legal costs incurred by fighting FOIA requests, setting a record for outright denial of access to files  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration in its final year in office spent a record $36.2 million on legal costs defending its refusal …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google adds “Upsetting-Offensive” tag for its quality raters to use in flagging search results; Google engineer says “demonstrably inaccurate” info is a target  —  Google is undertaking a new effort to better identify content that is potentially upsetting or offensive to searchers.
Amanda Hess / New York Times:
An iTunes chart-topping podcast, Missing Richard Simmons, crosses ethical and moral lines, invading the privacy of a reclusive celebrity  —  For decades, the fitness guru Richard Simmons was Hollywood's most accessible celebrity.  He was a talk show fixture, a leader of weight loss cruises …
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Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Channel 4 chief executive David Abraham to stand down; the broadcaster prematurely tweeted a statement about his resignation
Andrew Beaujon / Washingtonian:
HBO will debut a documentary about ex-Washington Post Editor Ben Bradlee, who oversaw the paper when it broke the Watergate story
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Michael Schuman / Washington Post:
By disparaging media in US, Trump gives tacit permission for autocratic authorities around the world to dismiss press reports as false and to harass journalists
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