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4:15 PM ET, February 19, 2018


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Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
President Trump uses tweets on Russian ad spending from Facebook ads VP Rob Goldman to call reporters covering election interference the “Fake News Media”  —  President Trump approvingly passed along comments from Facebook ads Vice President Rob Goldman on Saturday …
Dustin Volz / Reuters:
Facebook says it will mail postcards to would-be buyers of election-related ads mentioning federal candidates, will have codes to verify identity and location  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facebook Inc will start using postcards sent by U.S. mail later this year to verify the identities …
New York Times:
Sources: how American Media Inc., which owns The National Enquirer, Star, Us Weekly, and Radar, helped Trump lawyer Michael Cohen bury scandals  —  As accounts of past sexual indiscretions threatened to surface during Donald J. Trump's presidential campaign, the job of stifling potentially …
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Following changes to News Feed, publishers including the NYT and BuzzFeed are experiencing reported declines in traffic from Facebook of 6-14%  —  Just a month after Facebook said it'd show less news in its news feed, news publishers are already feeling the brunt, multiple data sources show.
Discussion: Press Gazette
Katharine Schwab / Co.Design:
ProPublica reporter outlines how they are developing their own machine learning algorithms and chatbots as investigative tools against big tech companies  —  The nonprofit is fighting fire with fire, developing algorithms and bots that hold Facebook and Amazon accountable.
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
Q&A with John Oliver: How Last Week Tonight tries to limit Trump coverage, does segments that don't feel timely, and how it satirizes controversy  —  The world keeps changing, and “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” keeps staying the same.  As it begins its fifth season on Sunday …
Discussion: USA Today
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Report: ~15M indie content creators in US used Amazon Publishing, eBay, Etsy, Instagram, Shapeways, Tumblr, Twitch, WordPress, or YouTube to earn ~$6B in 2016  —  Visit to read stories of creation empowered by the internet, and share your own!  »
Robert Feder:
Mark Konkol forced out on Saturday as executive editor of alt-weekly The Chicago Reader, following controversy over front cover  —  Mark Konkol, who promised to “set a new vibe, take risks and make waves” at the Chicago Reader, was forced out Saturday as executive editor of the alternative weekly …
May Jeong / Wired:
Kim Wall's friend tries to find out how she died, profiles the man accused of her murder, and recounts conversations about the dangers faced by female reporters  —  Kim Wall went for a ride on a submarine, hoping to write a story about a maker of “extreme machines.”  She never did.
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Ali Breland / The Hill:
US lawmakers are worried that advances in video manipulation technology could herald a new era of fake news
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