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10:05 PM ET, January 31, 2019

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Facebook:
Facebook says it removed 262 Pages, 356 accounts, three groups, and 162 Instagram accounts tied to Iran for engaging in coordinated inauthentic behavior  —  Today we removed multiple Pages, groups and accounts that engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior on Facebook and Instagram.
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Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Twitter says it removed thousands of malicious accounts that originated in Iran, Russia, and Venezuela for spreading disinformation about the 2018 midterms  —  Twitter revealed Thursday that it had removed thousands of malicious accounts thought to have originated in Iran …
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Penske Media has bought the 49% of Rolling Stone that it didn't already own, from minority owner BandLab Technologies  —  Last week, Penske Media Corporation signed a deal to purchase the rest of the magazine, following a majority takeover in 2017.  —  Over the past few years …
Anna Gutierrez / The Reporters Committee …:
A coalition of 28 media organizations has filed a court brief supporting a lawsuit that challenges fees for court records accessed via PACER  —  The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and 27 media organizations support the rights of the public and the press to have affordable access to court records.
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Evgeny Lebedev has sold ~20% of Lebedev Holdings, which has a ~90% stake in the Evening Standard, to a company in the Caymans; a Saudi investor may be the buyer  —  London newspaper refuses to reveal identity of new financial backer  —  An anonymous offshore investor has taken a 20% stake …
Owen Bowcott / The Guardian:
US district court rules that Syria is liable for the killing of Sunday Times correspondent Marie Colvin, awards $300M+ in damages  —  Syria ordered to pay $300m over death of Sunday Times journalist in ‘targeted’ shelling in 2012  —  The Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad has been held liable …
Jeremy Littau / Wired:
Monopolistic thinking and lack of attention to the internet's role in distribution has decimated media, but foundation journalism, subs, and community can help  —  LAST WEEK, LAYOFFS at BuzzFeed, HuffPost, and Gannett landed like consecutive punches.  The news signaled a difficult year ahead …
James Walker / Press Gazette:
NewsGuard, whose trustworthiness ratings are available on Chrome and Edge, improves its rating of the Daily Mail from red to green to indicate its accuracy  —  US news website rating tool Newsguard has changed its verdict on Mail Online after originally declaring the UK's most-read news website failed …
Discussion: Nieman Lab, @markdistef and @niemanlab
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: CBS board wants company to grow, first through a merger with Viacom, possibly followed by Discovery acquisition; CBS hoping to find CEO by end of March  —  The CBS board has decided the company needs to get bigger, but merging with Viacom is not enough for Shari Redstone …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Online women's magazine The Pool, which launched in 2015, is set to enter administration Friday, leaving 24 journalists facing redundancy and freelancers unpaid  —  Journalists face redundancy after rescue talks fail, in further blow to online news outlets  —  Online women's magazine …
The Bulwark:
Two writers for conservative RedState, owned by Salem Media, say they are quitting because of the site's pro-Trump stance and stifling of any Trump criticism  —  For more than a decade, RedState was a solid voice in the world of online conservative commentary.
 
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Saeima Press Service:
Bellingcat has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in a joint letter from the foreign affairs committees of the parliaments of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia
Khaoula Ghanem / Vogue Arabia:
Wired Middle East, licensed to Vogue Arabia-publisher Nervora, to launch as a dual-language site in the spring, with print special issues starting in fall 2019
Camille Fassett / Freedom of the Press Foundation:
Trump's government shutdown ground transparency to a halt by slowing or stopping the processing of FOIA requests at federal agencies
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Max Willens / Digiday:
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