Check out Mini-Mediagazer for simple mobiles or Mediagazer Mobile for modern smartphones.
2:20 PM ET, October 20, 2017


 Top News: 
Silvia Killingsworth / The Awl:
Vox Media Editorial Director Lockhart Steele, founder of Curbed, has been fired; CEO staff memo said Steele admitted conduct “inconsistent with our core values”  —  In what appears to be the first and probably not the last repercussion of last week's Shitty Media Men list …
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
After firing editorial director Lockhart Steele, Vox CEO Jim Bankoff tells staff that investigations into inappropriate conduct are ongoing  —  Bankoff said there are still people coming forward and that Gibson Dunn is investigating.  —  A day after Vox Media terminated editorial director Lockhart Steele …
Discussion: The Awl, @willsommer and @sarahnemerson
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
Proposed Honest Ads Act covers disclosure of political ad spending but fails to address the power of viral unpaid organic posts from fake accounts on Facebook  —  A BIPARTISAN GROUP of senators introduced a bill Thursday that would require online political advertisers to provide additional disclosures …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Sources: some employees feel Facebook is being used as a scapegoat for 2016 election outcome using flawed hindsight about factors mostly beyond FB's control  —  In the summer of 2015, a Facebook engineer was combing through the company's internal data when he noticed something unusual.
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Pew survey of 1,116 technologists and other experts: most say political and social divide feeds misinfo online; 51% say things won't improve over next decade  —  It can be nice to hear from experts (even the so-called experts) how things are going to shake out.
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
Researchers: 41 sites linked to 301networks, which is closing, used session hijacking and other techniques in scheme to defraud major advertisers of up to $20M  —  A BuzzFeed News investigation reveals how seemingly-credible players in the ad supply chain can play an active role in — and profit from — fraud.
Discussion: @timschu
Max Willens / Digiday:
Nearly 36K people have signed up for The Hive's personalized newsletter, which emails readers stories about the specific figures they've chosen to follow  —  In politics and business, there are certain figures that warrant constant attention.  For the past six months, Vanity Fair brand …
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Sources: Facebook's news subscription tool is delayed on iOS over Apple's 30% App Store cut; the tool will rollout on Android phones over coming weeks  —  The problem: Apple's 30 percent tax.  —  Facebook's effort to help media companies sell subscriptions has hit a snag: Apple.
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
The Information selects first 5 startups for its accelerator program, will give $25K each, provide mentoring; announces hiring plans for reporters in LA and DC  —  Business is looking for good for subscription-based tech news site The Information.  This summer it announced plans …
Discussion: Mashable and Talking Biz News
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Verizon loses 18K net pay TV subscribers in third quarter, OTT service plans still tentative  —  The telecom giant, which earlier in the year closed its acquisition of Yahoo, provides updates on a planned online TV service and possible content deals.  —  Telecom giant Verizon on Thursday reported …
 Archived Page Info: 
This is a snapshot of Mediagazer at 2:20 PM ET, October 20, 2017.

View the current page or another snapshot:

 See Also: 
Mediagazer: site main
Mediagazer River: reverse chronological Mediagazer
Mediagazer Mobile: for phones
Mediagazer Leaderboard: Mediagazer's top sources
Mediagazer RSS feed
Mediagazer on Twitter
 More News: 
Catalina Albeanu /
Agora Project linked 10 journalists across borders to report on global issues, with stories published in Süddeutsche Zeitung, Huffington Post Greece, and more
Twitter unveils user safety roadmap through Jan. 2018: expand definitions of non-consensual nudity, update policy around hate, add info for suspended accounts
 Earlier Picks: 
Ross Benes / Digiday:
Advertisers' increased sensitivity to racist, fake, and Trump news makes it harder for publishers to sell programmatic ads around political coverage