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3:55 AM ET, May 3, 2019

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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook bans Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos, Laura Loomer, Louis Farrakhan, others from Facebook and Instagram, citing dangerous individuals and orgs policy  —  Milo Yiannopoulos and Louis Farrakhan have been banned as well  —  Facebook today removed Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones, Paul Nehlen …
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Rob Price / Business Insider:
Facebook shared info about extremist ban with some news outlets before the ban was in place, letting Alex Jones and others redirect followers to other platforms  —  - Facebook is barring a bunch of far-right figures from its apps, including Alex Jones.  — But the company briefed journalists …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Verizon is seeking a buyer for Tumblr as it tries to steady Verizon Media Group, which has struggled to meet revenue targets  —  Wireless giant seeks buyer for social-media service that has lost ground to Facebook  —  Verizon Communications Inc. is seeking a buyer for blogging website Tumblr …
Teresa Mioli / Journalism in the Americas:
Journalists and press freedom advocates are highlighting a theme of media for democracy in times of disinformation for the 26th World Press Freedom Day  —  Each May 3 is a global celebration of press freedom and its importance to society.  For this year's World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) …
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Anabel Pasarow / Refinery29:
Twitter launching a monthly original video series on May 3 spotlighting women in journalism, using the hashtag #HerStory in honor of World Press Freedom Day  —  In honor of World Press Freedom Day on May 3, Twitter is spotlighting female voices in journalism around the world with the launch …
The Advocate:
New Orleans Advocate owners John and Dathel Georges buy The Times-Picayune and nola.com from Advance Local, will merge websites and publish one daily newspaper  —  New Orleans Advocate owners Dathel and John Georges have purchased The Times-Picayune and its nola.com website from the Newhouse family's Advance Local Media.
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Analysis of 317 articles in Dutch on De Correspondent shows features and analysis dominate, 43% of posts focus on Netherlands, and diversity is severely lacking  —  I analyzed six months of articles on De Correspondent to get a hint of what we might see on the English-language site.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube says it will make all of its original content free this fall in a strategy that its CBO says is in opposition to what other media companies are doing  —  - YouTube Renews Kevin Hart Comedy Series, Sets Maluma and Paris Hilton Documentaries, Lollapalooza Live-Streaming Deal
Kali Hays / WWD:
Interview with InStyle's third publisher in three years, Agnes Chapski, on plans to grow digital channels like social and video, where she sees potential  —  Agnes Chapski, after an apparently acrimonious departure from NewBeauty, is looking to go deep into InStyle's digital channels.
Garett Sloane / Ad Age:
Walmart announces the Vudu Audience Extension network, which will allow advertisers to buy campaigns through Vudu that will also run on other streaming services  —  Retailer wants to reach more shoppers via over-the-top TV — Walmart, in a bid to grow an advertising business with the clout …
 
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Barrett Golding / Poynter:
International Fact-Checking Network builds an index of untrustworthy news sites compiled from five databases curated by established journalists and academics
David Shepardson / Reuters:
Alphabet tells US House panel it spends hundreds of millions annually on content review, has manually reviewed 1M+ suspected terrorist videos on YouTube in Q1
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify launches voice-enabled ads, which encourage the listener to say a command to take action on the ad's content, in a limited test in the US
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Nathan Bomey / USA Today:
Gannett posts Q1 net loss of $11.9M on revenue of $663M, down 8% YoY; digital subscriptions rose 39% YoY to 538K with digital comprising ~37% of company revenue
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Katrina vanden Heuvel / Washington Post:
The winners of Hillman Prizes in recognition of outstanding public-interest journalism, to be awarded May 7, attest to the ability of journalism to spur reform