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7:20 PM ET, December 28, 2018

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Max Fisher / New York Times:
1400+ pages of leaked Facebook content rules show the company is censoring mainstream speech in some countries while extremist language flourishes in others  —  Under fire for stirring up distrust and violence, the social network has vowed to police its users.  But leaked documents raise serious questions about its approach.
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Peter Rubin / Wired:
Netflix debuts its first choose-your-own-storyline movie, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, developed over 18 months using Twine, a game writing tool  —  BY NEARLY ANY measure, Netflix has had a ridiculous year.  When all is said and done, the company will have spent upwards of $10 billion …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: New York Yankees in talks with Amazon, Sinclair about joint bid for the team's regional network, YES, that Disney must sell as part of Fox acquisition  —  Baseball team has also spoken with Altice USA and RedBird Capital about buying remaining 80% stake from Disney
Patrick Radden Keefe / New Yorker:
A profile of Mark Burnett, the Hollywood producer behind the TV hit “The Apprentice” which elevated Trump from a tabloid figure of fun to an icon of success  —  With “The Apprentice,” the TV producer mythologized Trump—then a floundering D-lister—as the ultimate titan, paving his way to the Presidency.
Mark Zuckerberg:
Zuckerberg posts an overview of Facebook's efforts in 2018 to prevent harm on its services, like fighting hate speech and misinformation, adding ad transparency  —  For 2018, my personal challenge has been to focus on addressing some of the most important issues facing our community …
Matthew Schafer / BuzzFeed News:
A look at the role public records played in BuzzFeed News reporting in 2018, a year during which it filed ten FOIA lawsuits in federal courts  —  Texas was in a bind.  The manufacturer of pentobarbital, the drug Texas uses to execute death row inmates, had prohibited its distributors …
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Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:
An NYT story about a disinformation experiment in Alabama election didn't disclose its reporter had spoken at an event organised by the company behind it  —  Last week the New York Times revealed that money from tech billionaire Reid Hoffman was used to run a small disinformation “experiment” …
 
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Wolfgang Spahr / Billboard:
German music channel Viva is shutting down on December 31 after 25 years; parent company Viacom wants to focus on MTV, Comedy Central, and Nickelodeon
Laura Kayali / Politico:
David Kaye, the UN's Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Opinion, says Trump is the worst perpetrator of false information in the US
 Earlier Picks: 
Variety:
Movie theater revenue bounced back in 2018 after a slow 2017; one analyst says investors are skeptical of sustained gains amid Netflix and Amazon competition
Taylor Lorenz / The Atlantic:
A look at Speakr, a social media influencer management platform that some influencers say has failed to pay them, with trouble starting in late 2017
Discussion: @bigmeaninternet
Max Read / New York Magazine:
Studies suggest that less than 60% of web traffic is human, with fake metrics, news, and bot-driven conversations and transactions, leading to falling trust