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12:10 PM ET, September 21, 2017

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Sheryl Sandberg / Facebook:
Facebook will strengthen enforcement of ad targeting policies, add more human oversight, and urge users to report potential abuses directly  —  Last week we temporarily disabled some of our ads tools following news reports that slurs or other offensive language could be used as targeting criteria for advertising.
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Will Oremus / Slate:
Blaming algorithms obscures the true source of Facebook's ad problem: the structure of the company's ad business and the decision-making of those who run it
Peter Kafka / Recode:
RIAA: 30M+ pay for streaming, which now accounts for 62% of US music biz; streaming revenue up 48% in first half of 2017 to $2.5B, digital downloads down 24%  —  Spotify, Apple Music and other services have 30 million U.S. subscribers, and streaming revenue is up 48 percent so far this year.
Media Matters for America:
The Drudge Report linked to 79 articles from Russia's RT, SputnikNews, or Tass in 2015 and 122 articles in 2016, before dropping to 45 for 2017 through Sept. 18  —  Drudge Report has linked nearly 400 times to RT, Sputnik News, TASS since 2012  —  On July 17, 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 …
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
SecureDrop:
Freedom of the Press Foundation announces $2,500 bug bounty program for SecureDrop, the open-source whistleblowing tool  —  Created date  —  The SecureDrop engineering team welcomes the contributions of security researchers.  SecureDrop is relied on by sources to talk with journalists …
Allison Schiff / AdExchanger:
Tencent announces suite of ad options for WeChat designed for Western brands and ad agencies, has tentative plans for self-serve ads within six months  —  Chinese tourists spent $35 billion dollars in the US in 2016.  WeChat parent company Tencent rolled out a suite of advertising tools …
Discussion: Fast Company, Ad Age and CNBC
The Guardian:
Indian reporter Shantanu Bhowmick beaten to death covering civil unrest in country's north-east region, two weeks after murder of editor Gauri Lankesh  —  Shantanu Bhowmick attacked with sticks outside Agartala two weeks after high-profile murder of another journalist
Jonathan Keane / Tech.eu:
Swedish podcast platform Acast raises $19.5M Series B, bringing its total funding to $32M, to expand further into international markets  —  Podcast platform Acast, based in Stockholm, has raised $19.5 million in a Series B round from Swedbank Robur's Ny Teknik and Microcap funds to continue its internationalisation.
 
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Lillian Ross, who had a six-decade reporting career at The New Yorker, dies at age 99
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