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1:30 AM ET, March 14, 2018

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Michael Del Moro / ABC News:
Parents of Seth Rich, the DNC staffer killed in 2016, have sued Fox News, Malia Zimmerman, and Ed Butowsky over retracted story connecting Rich to a conspiracy  —  The family of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich, who was killed in 2016, has filed a lawsuit against Fox News …
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Sources: Elon Musk is backing comedy project from former Onion editors Cole Bolton and Ben Berkley, who've hired three writers and an editor away from The Onion  —  Early in February, the satirical news publication The Onion published a story about Elon Musk, titled, “Elon Musk Offering $1.2 Billion …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki says YouTube will add Wikipedia information to videos about popular conspiracy theories within weeks to provide alternate viewpoints  —  Pushing back on crazy theories  —  YouTube will add information from Wikipedia to videos about popular conspiracy theories …
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Nick Statt / The Verge:
CEO Susan Wojcicki says YouTube has started limiting the number of hours its part-time content moderators can view disturbing videos to four hours per day  —  A move to protect workers' mental health among growing criticism  —  YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said today that the video platform …
Lacey Rose / Hollywood Reporter:
A&E Networks Chief Executive Nancy Dubuc becomes CEO of VICE, while co-founder Shane Smith moves to executive chairman role  —  News comes a day after Dubuc made official her plans to leave a longtime role at A+E Networks.  —  Nancy Dubuc is officially taking the reins at Vice.
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
Sources: subscribers to newspapers will find articles from those outlets appearing higher in Google search results; Google to share more details on March 20  —  Tech giant said to begin sharing data on potential customers  —  Publishers have pushed for new tools to find readers who pay
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Some cable networks have again aired a live Trump campaign rally filled with insults and falsehoods, and it's still wrong  —  Even before the 2016 presidential election, CNN's top honcho admitted that his network had given Donald Trump too much free exposure in the Republican primary.
RT:
Russia's Foreign Ministry says it will expel British media from Russia if the UK revokes RT's broadcasting license  —  Not a single British media outlet will be working in Russia if London decides to shut down RT broadcasting in the UK, Maria Zakharova, Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, said.
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Kashmir Hill / Gizmodo:
How conservative activists from Project Veritas use hoax job recruitment and seduction to catfish tech giants like Twitter; experts question legality  —  Mo Norai has worked in Silicon Valley for a decade.  He's done stints at Google, Twitter, Facebook, and Apple, but only as a contract worker …
Jillian D'Onfro / CNBC:
Google will ban all cryptocurrency-related advertising, including ICOs, wallets, and trading advice across all of its ad platforms, starting June 2018  —  - The company will no longer allow ads about cryptocurrency-related content, including initial coin offerings (ICOs), wallets, and trading advice across any of its ad platforms.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Google removed 3.2B “bad ads” in 2017, up from 1.7B in 2016, and blocked 320K publishers, 90K sites, and 700K mobile apps for content policy violations  —  As the world's largest search engine and a digital advertising behemoth, Google has a lot to answer for when it comes …
Discussion: VentureBeat, CNET and The Keyword
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti discusses the company's missed 2017 targets, struggles with advertisers, and potential for a partial paywall on the site  —  This article is a free preview of the new issue of Digiday magazine, our quarterly print publication that's distributed to Digiday+ members.
 
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Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
EU panel calls for voluntary code of conduct for platforms to fight disinformation, but consumer group says panel ignored a core cause: ad-based business models
Discussion: Financial Times and EU Press Room
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Jon Miller and TPG acquired majority control of Fandom last month at a valuation, sources say, of $200M
Discussion: @rafat
Blake Montgomery / BuzzFeed:
Brennan Gilmore, who filmed terror incident at Charlottesville, has sued Infowars, Alex Jones, Gateway Pundit's Jim Hoft, and others for defamation
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Patrick Brzeski / Hollywood Reporter:
In China, new proposals could see current regulatory body overseeing media abolished and replaced by a new organization under closer control of Communist party
Discussion: Variety and Variety
Tom Miles / Reuters:
UN human rights experts investigating a possible genocide in Myanmar say that Facebook has played a role in spreading hate speech in the country
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: Facebook is aiming to launch a news section for its Watch platform this summer and is testing different video partnerships with roughly ten publishers
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook is testing Facebook Camera AR experiences via tracking markers on posters of two films, will add tracker-based AR capabilities to AR Studio in April