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8:15 PM ET, August 6, 2018


 Top News: 
BuzzFeed News:
Apple has removed the entire libraries of five of InfoWars' six podcasts from iTunes, saying they violated its hate speech guidelines  —  Some of the world's largest social media and tech companies kicked Alex Jones and his conspiracy-theory driven show, InfoWars, off their platforms on Monday …
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Facebook has banned four pages run by Alex Jones for “repeated violations of Community Standards”; Spotify removes all episodes of The Alex Jones Show podcast  —  Crackdown on US conspiracy theorist for promoting violence and hate speech  —  All but one of the major content platforms …
Sara Salinas / CNBC:
YouTube removes the Alex Jones Channel for violating community guidelines, after he circumvented a suspension by live streaming on other channels  —  YouTube has removed Alex Jones' page, following bans earlier today from Apple and Facebook.  —  Google had previously declined to comment …
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed News:
Jared Kushner ordered a software developer at the New York Observer to remove stories about friends and connections without editors' knowledge  —  Jared Kushner personally ordered a software developer at his newspaper to remove stories critical of his friends and real estate peers.
Discussion: @weareyourfek, Mediaite, @raju and Slate
Marty Swant / Adweek:
Getty Images launches Panels, an AI tool that uses natural language processing to analyze stories and suggest photos  —  The photo agency worked with 20 newsrooms and an AI firm to create Panels  —  Getty Images is embracing artificial intelligence, starting with a way to help publishers pick photos.
WashPostPR / Washington Post:
The Washington Post is partnering with HarperCollins imprint Custom House to release a book on Russian interference written by nat sec reporter Greg Miller  —  The Washington Post today announced plans to release a book detailing Russian interference in the 2016 election and the subsequent political, legal and diplomatic fallout.
Max Willens / Digiday:
Insiders at Good and Upworthy describe management disputes over branded content, office culture clashes, a possible move to LA, and small budgets  —  Upworthy and Good Worldwide combined with a shared mission to promote social causes and uplifting content, but what resulted was a union rife with discord and rancor.
The New York Times Company:
The NYT is expanding its coverage in Australia, adding veteran reporter Jamie Tarabay to Sydney bureau and others via its residency program  —  Jamie Tarabay, a veteran journalist with experience across the Middle East and Asia in a variety of mediums, will join our Sydney bureau as a correspondent …
Discussion: Splinter
Megan Garber / The Atlantic:
Filter bubbles and echo chambers seem quaint in the new misinformation age, as systems that have typically arbitrated truth in America are failing  —  This week, the new york times reported that Alex Jones, InfoWars founder and professional peddler of lies, is seeking more than $100,000 …
The Daily Beast:
Sources: Fox News' “hard news” shows have a soft ban on Seb Gorka, refusing to invite him on as a pundit, unlike the network's opinion talk shows  —  Fox News' “hard news” shows—which fall under the network's news division and pride themselves on being at least somewhat distinct …
Discussion: @smotus
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Discovery Channel founder changes strategies for his VOD service CuriosityStream after slow user growth, adds cheaper packages and a free, ad-supported version  —  CuriosityStream will add advertising and lower subscription price after slower-than-expected subscription growth
Jaclyn Peiser / New York Times:
Former Cosmopolitan editor Joanna Coles resigns as chief content officer of Hearst Magazines  —  On July 25, Hearst Magazines named Troy Young as its new president.  And now the magazine company behind Esquire, Cosmopolitan and Harper's Bazaar has lost its chief content officer.
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Jon Levine / The Wrap:
Fox News reporter Conor Powell has resigned; source: he and other journalists at the network are unhappy with the direction it is headed
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Tamar Auber / Mediaite:
During a Fox News segment, comedian Terrence K. Williams called NYT Editorial Board member Sarah Jeong “Ling Ling” and referred to her as “crazynese”
Discussion: Washington Post
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H. F. “Gerry” Lenfest, cable TV entrepreneur, philanthropist, and founder of the Lenfest Institute for Journalism, has died at 88