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12:50 PM ET, December 18, 2018

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Bloomberg:
Senate report: Instagram dwarfs all social networks in Russia's IRA posts and engagements, yet Facebook execs have not been upfront about this  —  - Document prepared for Senate Intelligence evaluates posts  — Instagram tops Facebook in IRA posts and unique engagements
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Washington Post:
Report prepared for the Senate analyzes Russian disinformation that supported Trump across millions of posts on YouTube, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, and more
Wall Street Journal:
Trump adviser Roger Stone settles $100M defamation lawsuit brought by Chinese businessman over claims he made on InfoWars, admits making false statements  —  Trump adviser made the admission in settling a defamation suit brought against him by an exiled Chinese businessman
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Tucker Higgins / CNBC:
CBS board completes investigation of Les Moonves, says grounds to terminate exist, and he will not receive his $120M severance pay  —  Former CBS CEO Les Moonves will not receive severance pay following a sexual misconduct probe, the company's board of directors announced Monday evening.
Tampa Bay Times:
The charitable trust of Nelson Poynter's 92-year-old widow is suing Tampa Bay Times parent company Times Publishing Co., claiming it's owed millions  —  The charitable trust benefitting the 92-year-old widow of Nelson Poynter has sued Times Publishing Co. in federal court, claiming it is owed millions of dollars.
Tim Baysinger / The Wrap:
A former Wisconsin police sergeant is suing Netflix and the filmmakers behind the “Making A Murderer” series over his portrayal in it  —  Andrew Colburn, a former police sergeant in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, has sued the filmmakers of “Making a Murderer” as well as Netflix …
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Stewart Clarke / Variety:
BBC Names Fiona Campbell as New Head of Online Channel BBC Three  —  The BBC has named Fiona Campbell the new boss of its youth-skewing online channel, BBC Three, replacing outgoing controller Damian Kavanagh, who is leaving in the new year to run Endemol Shine-owned producer Tiger Aspect.
Max Read / New York Magazine:
PewDiePie has used YouTube to promote anti-Semitic content and uttered racist slurs but the site's culture means he will remain popular, with 75M+ subscribers  —  Last week, the Swedish YouTube star Felix Kjellberg, known to his fans as PewDiePie, uploaded an edition of “Pew News,” …
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
A branded content section of WSJ's website was hacked on Monday, with a message posted praising YouTuber PewDiePie; he later tweeted a link to the page himself
Reporters Without Borders:
RSF: number of journalists killed increased 15% YoY in 2018 to 63, with the US joining the list of the deadliest countries for the press  —  Organisation  —  RSF_en  —  A total of 80 journalists were killed this year, 348 are currently in prison, and 60 are being held hostage …
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Ancestry.com becomes the sixth company to pull ads from Tucker Carlson's Fox News show, following comments he made about immigrants last week  —  The host claimed on Monday night that he is “not intimidated” by the backlash and stands by what he said last week.
Garett Sloane / Ad Age:
HQ Trivia postpones rollout of its premier HQ Words gameshow and Google ad campaign until later this week; sources say the company had ~$10M ad revenue in 2018  —  Founder's death causes company to reschedule  —  HQ Trivia plans to run its regularly scheduled game on Monday evening …
Andrew McCormick / Columbia Journalism Review:
19-year-old Sammy Sussman penned a 6,500-word story for his university paper detailing four decades of sexual assault allegations against a music professor  —  A 6,500-word feature is a feat for any journalist to pull off.  It's another thing altogether for a 19-year old music major …
 
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