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5:45 PM ET, May 21, 2019

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Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: ByteDance, owner of TikTok, is developing a paid music service via a new app it expects to debut as early as this fall, mostly in emerging markets  —  - ByteDance plans to target listeners in emerging markets  — Company has already secured rights from Indian record labels
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Study: despite News Feed changes, “junk news” from known sources of disinformation in EU get 1.2x-4x the engagement of professional news sources on Facebook  —  A study carried out by academics at Oxford University to investigate how junk news is being shared on social media …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Vice Media Hires Cory Haik, formerly publisher of Mic and former executive director of emerging news products at The Washington Post, as chief digital officer  —  Vice Media has recruited Cory Haik, former publisher of digital-media news start-up Mic, as chief digital officer to lead …
Columbia Journalism Review:
Secretly recorded video of Austria's vice chancellor expressing desire to limit media freedoms underscores months-long threat to Austrian media  —  On Friday, May 17, the German newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung, published a secretly recorded video.  In it, Austria's vice chancellor …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Al Jazeera is planning to launch a cross-platform business vertical called AJ Impact with 10 full-time staffers to start  —  Al Jazeera is planning to launch a cross-platform business vertical called AJ Impact, executives tell Axios.  It will feature original reporting from Al Jazeera journalists worldwide …
Discussion: Axios and @ahmed
openDemocracy:
Insiders say Facebook and Google pressured EU's expert group on disinformation to soften fake news regulations and avoid discussing their abuse of market power  —  On the eve of European elections, the tech giants stand accused of sabotaging the European Union's fight against disinformation.
James Walker / Press Gazette:
Channel 4 News blocked from Brexit Party events following the outlet's investigation into the funding of party leader Nigel Farage  —  Channel 4 News is understood to be in talks with the Brexit Party after it was blacklisted from party events following an investigation into the funding of leader Nigel Farage.
Brandy Zadrozny / NBC News:
As platforms struggle to contain health misinformation, two women infiltrate private Facebook groups to find and report posts about dangerous “cures” for autism  —  Online groups urge parents to poison autistic kids with chlorine dioxide, a form of bleach, to “cure” them.
Thomas Peele / Mercury News:
Judge orders return of San Francisco journalist Bryan Carmody's equipment, delays consideration of legal questions about the search until June  —  News organizations and free press advocates around the country reacted with outrage to the raid on television reporter Bryan Carmody's home
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Michael Barba / The San Francisco Examiner:
Facing scrutiny after defending police raid on San Francisco journalist Bryan Carmody, Mayor London Breed says she's “not okay with police raids on reporters”
New York Times:
Analysis: in 2019, Trump has far outspent individual Democratic candidates on Facebook ads, with a total spend of $4.9M, as he returns to his 2016 strategy  —  President Trump's re-election campaign has spent heavily on Facebook ads, reprising a strategy that was central to his 2016 victory.
Dan Kennedy / Nieman Lab:
The 016, a small social network with no algorithmic feed, seeks to connect local media, organizations, and businesses with the citizens of Worcester, MA  —  Mark Henderson was getting ready to throw in the towel on his dreams of becoming a successful media entrepreneur.
The Daily Beast:
Sources: Fox News host Pete Hegseth had multiple private conversations with Trump since January, asking him to pardon US servicemen convicted of war crimes  —  The president isn't just watching the network, he's taking policy advice from its morning hosts.  —  If the president pardons U.S …
 
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Tony Rehagen / Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at the Action Network, founded by former ESPN EIC Chad Millman, which focuses on sports gambling, providing scores, news, and more
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Media Matters report: Fox News' top hosts have made a combined $500K+ from speaking engagements at Republican and conservative groups while at the network
Michael Calderone / Politico:
Newsrooms are seeking to avoid the mistakes of 2016 when covering the crowded Democratic presidential field, engaging with every candidate and staffing up
Etan Vlessing / Hollywood Reporter:
AMC says its movie ticket subscription service, AMC Stubs A-List, now has over 800K members, after adding 200K in 2019
Discussion: Variety
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF launches TOSsed Out, a project to highlight how content moderation by platforms, whether automated or by human intervention, unfairly bans people
 Earlier Picks: 
Eric Johnson / Vox:
Hulu CEO Randy Freer says ~60% of users still come on board for its ad-supported service, but Hulu plans to start promoting its more expensive ad-free version
Discussion: The Streamable
Abbey Crain / al.com:
Alabama Public Television refuses to air an episode of children's animated series “Arthur” that featured a gay wedding; APT has no plans to air it in the future
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Professional gamer Tfue sues esports org FaZe Clan over allegedly “oppressive” contract, says FaZe violates CA law by acting as an unlicensed talent agency
Don Seiffert / Boston Business Journal:
Boston Globe digital subscribers surpassed weekday print subs for the first time earlier this year, likely making it the first regional US daily to have done so
Frederic Filloux / Monday Note:
Interview with French entrepreneur Gilles Raymond, who founded The Signals Network, a non-profit that helps whistleblowers come forward
Discussion: Press Gazette