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5:50 PM ET, March 4, 2018


 Top News: 
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
Snopes fact-check of a satirical story led Facebook to flag it as false, flag removed after complaint; Snopes says it received several inquiries about the story  —  A recent debunk from Snopes exposed a grey area for Facebook's fact-checking tool.  —  It started as a joke.
Brands like Nike, Expedia, Acer suspend ads on Infowars' YouTube channels when contacted by CNN; some wonder why YouTube filters failed to block ads on Infowars  —  Facebook, YouTube fail to blunt conspiracy theories  —  Some of the biggest brands in the U.S. had ads running on the YouTube channels …
Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
BuzzSumo study of 100M articles posted in 2017 shows social sharing halved since 2015 and Google sites drove 2x more referrals to publishers than social media  —  Publishers may be getting dinged — and in some cases destroyed — by Facebook's move to decrease the amount of publisher content …
Cara Buckley / New York Times:
E! producer Aileen Gram-Moreno says she was fired for allowing a clip that criticized the network over gender pay disparity to air during Golden Globes show  —  With accusations of sexual harassment dogging its star host, Ryan Seacrest, and celebrities reportedly planning to steer clear …
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
Facebook says it doesn't know how many followed Russia's IRA accounts on Instagram; researcher finds that 27 of 170 deleted accounts had ~2.2M followers total  —  FOR MORE THAN a year, Jonathan Albright has served as something of a one-man General Accounting Office for the tech industry.
Zoë Beery / Columbia Journalism Review:
Journalists say the editing tests they're given during the hiring process amount to too much unpaid work and often receive no feedback  —  In the spring of 2015, GQ asked freelance writer and editor Beejoli Shah to produce a four-page front-of-book section for the magazine.
Pew Research Center:
Study: in the US, 78% of 18-24 year olds use Snapchat, 71% use Instagram, 45% use Twitter; nearly 75% of US adults and 94% of 18-24 year olds use YouTube  —  A majority of Americans use Facebook and YouTube, but young adults are especially heavy users of Snapchat and Instagram
New York Times:
Advertisers complain Facebook is inconsistent and gender biased in its process of determining whether images should be rejected for being sexually suggestive  —  Advertisers, especially smaller ones, complain of inconsistency and gender bias in the process that determines whether images are rejected for being sexually suggestive.
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
Interview with Anna Veduta, one of two people running the English-language version of Latvia-based Meduza, an independent Russian news site  —  The English edition of the three-year-old Russian news site now gets an average of 100,000 monthly unique visitors and can count among its readers everyone …
Discussion: and New York Times
Max Willens / Digiday:
Publishers like ViralNova, 9gag, Bored Panda, Diply see engagement drop precipitously after Facebook algorithm changes; Distractify saw traffic decline 78% YoY  —  LittleThings shut down after Facebook's algorithm change cut its organic reach by 75 percent, but it's not the only social publisher that's …
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Nina Xiang / China Money Network:
Chinese anime-streaming platform Bilibili files for $400M US IPO, says its revenue increased from $80.4M in 2016 to $379.4M in 2017 and it had 72M MAUs in Q4
Paul Mozur / New York Times:
China is prosecuting a citizen who shared a critical message on WhatsApp; message was likely obtained by hacking a phone or via spy in a WhatsApp group
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Gimlet Media expands into voice assistant content with “Chompers”, a sponsored Alexa app that encourages children to brush their teeth with twice-daily episodes
Discussion: RAIN News
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Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
Compass News app, with a twice-a-day news digest, has drawn 50K users over 10 months in the UK and is training an AI editor to mimic human editors' decisions
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
Some sites change domain names, a practice known as domain hopping, to avoid ad agency blacklists and losing traffic as a result of Facebook's algorithm changes
Discussion: @adam22
American Press Institute:
Survey of 4,113 subscribers to 90 local newspapers: subscriptions are triggered by promotions, quality and accuracy matter, print and digital subscribers differ
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
With Smarticles, The Guardian tests a format where algorithms provide new information based on the reader's last visit and the importance of new developments
Discussion: @bmorrissey