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2:20 PM ET, October 20, 2017

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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 …
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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 …
 
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Catalina Albeanu / Journalism.co.uk:
Agora Project linked 10 journalists across borders to report on global issues, with stories published in Süddeutsche Zeitung, Huffington Post Greece, and more
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Twitter unveils user safety roadmap through Jan. 2018: expand definitions of non-consensual nudity, update policy around hate, add info for suspended accounts
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