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11:15 AM ET, October 12, 2018

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Washington Post:
Facebook removes 800+ US-based accounts and pages, some with 100K+ followers, that were spamming people with political messages for profit  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook said on Thursday it has purged more than 800 U.S publishers and accounts for flooding users with politically-oriented content …
Garett Sloane / Ad Age:
Thrillist writers and editors win a minimum starting salary of $50K after 15 months of union negotiations with owner Group Nine Media  —  Thrillist writers and editors came away from the negotiating table with a raise and more in labor talks that took more than a year and included a work stoppage.
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter and Variety
Esther Wang / Jezebel:
Writer Stephen Elliott sues Moira Donegan, creator of the Shitty Media Men list, saying his inclusion on the list made him depressed and hurt his book sales  —  On Wednesday, Stephen Elliott filed a lawsuit against Moira Donegan, the creator of the Shitty Media Men list …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
After Khashoggi's disappearance, FT, CNBC, NYT, CNN, and media figures like Patrick Soon-Shiong have withdrawn from Saudi Arabia's investment conference  —  The headline on a recent story in The Post confirms the enormity of the ongoing international crisis for Saudi Arabia: “Saudis are said to have lain in wait for Jamal Khashoggi.”
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Like WaPo with Arc, Vox is licensing its publishing platform, Chorus, starting with the Chicago Sun-Times, including access to Concert, Vox's ad marketplace  —  “The joke in the industry is everybody doesn't like the CMS or they write in some other tool.”  Vox Media aims to change that punchline for other publishers.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Tencent Music is postponing its IPO until at least November because of the selloff in global markets  —  Music streamer and underwriters worried global market selloff would hurt pricing  —  Tencent Music Entertainment Group is postponing its initial public offering until …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Sensor Tower: Netflix app revenue was up ~90% YoY to ~$243.7M in Q3 across both App Store and Google Play, the highest grossing non-game mobile app worldwide  —  App spending across Apple App Store and Google Play increased 23% in third quarter, per Sensor Tower
Angela Watercutter / Wired:
Climate scientists are using a Fortnite channel on Twitch to discuss and disseminate information about climate change to a young audience  —  I KNOW VERY little about climate change.  I know even less about Fortnite.  And Twitch.  (Yes, I know; I should be fired.)
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
New Yorker says its subscriptions are up, with digital only subs hitting ~167K, up 10% YoY, and the site saw 22.5M unique visitors in September, up 27% YoY  —  When past presidents and other luminaries of a more civil time in Washington turned John McCain's funeral a month ago into an elegy …
 
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Michael Schulman / New Yorker:
A brief look at Daniel Radcliffe's visit to The New Yorker's fact-checking department, for researching a Broadway role
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Interview with Wolfgang Blau, president of Condé Nast, on his EU meeting, the importance of machine language translation, GDPR, Facebook, Google, and more
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Social media accounts of major news organizations continue to broadcast Trump's falsehoods without clearly informing readers that they are misleading
Politico:
Fox stops airing Trump rallies in full as they increase in frequency and ratings drop; a White House official said officials would “look into” this trend
Nate Rau / The Tennessean:
Trump signs the Music Modernization Act that makes it easier for rights holders to get paid when their music is streamed online
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Washington Post fact-checks Trump's USA Today opinion piece on Medicare-For-All, finds most sentences contain a “misleading statement or falsehood”
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Civil Media has had difficulty raising money with a weak demand for its blockchain tokens and lack of major news partners
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Manhattan prosecutors charge IBT and Christian Media with defrauding lenders of ~$10M to keep Newsweek afloat