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5:20 PM ET, November 6, 2018

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Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News host Sean Hannity appeared onstage at Trump's rally on Monday night, after both he and the network had denied that he would do so  —  “I had no idea you were going to invite me up here,” said Hannity, who had pledged he would not campaign on stage on Monday night.
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Fox News said it does not condone Sean Hannity's appearance onstage at a Trump rally on Monday night and called it an “unfortunate distraction”  —  Fox News Channel said it did not condone host Sean Hannity's appearance Monday night during President Donald Trump's campaign rally …
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Facebook says it has blocked 115 accounts on its services that may have been engaged in “coordinated inauthentic behavior” ahead of the US midterm elections  —  Facebook announced Monday evening that it had blocked 115 accounts on its services that may have been engaged in …
Politico:
Preparing to cover the midterm election results, journalists and editors say they have learned from 2016's mistakes  —  “We're going to be nimble.  We're going to follow the results," an ABC News exec said.  “We're not going to assume anything.”  —  CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist …
Tony Leys / Des Moines Register:
US Rep. Steve King's campaign refuses to give press credentials to The Des Moines Register for King's election night event  —  Rep. Steve King nearly halted his visit to an Iowa candidate forum after a man asked about similarities between King and the alleged synagogue shooter
Axios:
Sources: AT&T intends to notify 12+ customers their service is being terminated over piracy allegations, the first time it has taken such action  —  AT&T will alert a little more than a dozen customers within the next week or so that their service will be terminated due to copyright infringement …
Matt Lopez / The Wrap:
TicToc, Bloomberg's 24/7 news network, is trying to curb fake news around the mid-term elections by creating 50 Twitter Moments with verified info  —  Network will create 50 Moments on platform to “fight through saturation that will be Twitter on election night”
Discussion: Twitter
Mike Baker / The Seattle Times:
Gab is back online after being banned by GoDaddy, PayPal, and others, and its domain has now migrated to Epik, a registrar based in the Seattle area  —  Pittsburgh shooting suspect Robert Bowers had spewed anti-Semitic hate on social-media site Gab and wrote a post there shortly before the synagogue massacre.
James Loke Hale / Tubefilter:
Sources: Defy Media is shutting down its LA office and making the ~80 employees who work there redundant  —  Defy Media has given all of the employees working out of its Beverly Hills production office notice that they will be laid off and the office will be permanently closed effective Jan. 2 …
Discussion: Variety, The Wrap and Deadline
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Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Facebook pulls Trump campaign's anti-immigration ad saying it violates advertising policy against “sensational content,” though the video can be posted
Maclean's:
Canadian news magazine Maclean's publishes its most recent issue with 66,349 unique covers, each dedicated to a Canadian who died in the First World War  —  Maclean's has published more than 66,000 covers, each one dedicated to an individual Canadian who died in the First World War
Alex Warofka / Facebook:
Facebook posts results of commissioned report on Myanmar which found Facebook wasn't doing enough to prevent it from being used to incite offline violence  —  We want Facebook to be a place where people can express themselves freely and safely around the world.
 
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Deadline:
EU antitrust regulators approve Disney's $71.3B offer for 21st Century Fox's entertainment assets, as long as it sells certain TV channels in Europe
Stewart Clarke / Variety:
Comcast CEO Brian Roberts visited Sky's London HQ, with CFO Mike Cavanagh and Steve Burke, and promised staff he was not looking to make major cuts
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Lloyd Embley, EIC of UK newspaper group Reach, says BBC News online is an “all-consuming monster” making life harder for commercial news brands
Peter Maass / The Intercept:
Rupert Murdoch and his heirs do irreparable damage to the US with Fox News, so they should be shunned like Bannon rather than solicited for nonprofit donations
Yang Ziyu / Sixth Tone:
Weibo gives 1,638 media accounts and 1,322 Chinese government-affiliated accounts the ability to directly flag content as fake news with a customizable notice
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
After Amazon's AbeBooks drops all sellers from certain countries like Russia, 450+ antiquarian book dealers in at least 26 countries pull their books in protest
Discussion: The Guardian
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Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:
Digital media firm says LinkedIn has had a rise in hyperpartisan political content, with fake accounts and toxic memes; LinkedIn removes policy-violating posts
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Time Magazine's new owners name current Editor in Chief Edward Felsenthal as chief executive; Felsenthal to continue as editor
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Journalists have not improved enough since the 2016 election; more are careful about polls and fact-checking, but many still allow Trump to lead coverage
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Oath CEO Guru Gowrappan says the company will be rebranded as the Verizon Media Group, starting in 2019