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5:00 PM ET, May 23, 2019

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Washington Post:
US prosecutors charge Julian Assange with violating the Espionage Act in an indictment that says he “repeatedly encouraged” sources to steal government secrets  —  Federal prosecutors on Thursday accused WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of violating the Espionage Act …
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Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Jay Fielden is out as Esquire editor in chief after three years as part of a reshuffling under Hearst Magazine President Troy Young  —  Jay Fielden is leaving his position as Esquire's editor in chief, a job he held three years, he and Hearst Magazines announced Thursday.
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:
As Twitter tests an increased ad load, users report a higher number of spammy or malicious promoted tweets  —  Twitter is running a test that has increased the number of promoted tweets showing up in people's timelines — and it has resulted in a range of user complaints about their new prevalence …
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Distorted videos of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, slowed to about 75% of original speed to make her speech appear slurred, circulate on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook  —  Distorted videos of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), altered to make her sound as if she's drunkenly slurring her words …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Rotten Tomatoes says it will now calculate the Audience Score using only ratings or reviews from users whose ticket purchase has been verified through Fandango  —  Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes is taking additional steps to confirm that audience members actually see a movie before leaving a rating or review.
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
YouTube announces that it will round down real-time subscriber counts starting August, and exact subscriber counts will no longer be displayed  —  Sites like Social Blade may be impacted  —  YouTube is introducing a major change to the way real-time subscriber counts are displayed …
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Instagram says IGTV will now support landscape video, following feedback from creators and users, as the service struggles to gain traction  —  The vertical video experiment is over  —  Instagram is no longer all-in on vertical video.  The company announced today that its longform video offshoot …
 
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Max Willens / Digiday:
Condé Nast announces Prime Web, a new ad program that offers video and interactive ad units across its portfolio using Spire, requires a minimum spend of $20K
Victoria Song / Gizmodo:
Judge rules that a Redditor who is not a US resident can stay anonymous in a copyright case, says First Amendment applies for users of US-based companies
Discussion: The Verge and CNET
Alex Crawford / Sky News:
Sky News correspondent Alex Crawford describes how her five-person crew was deliberately targeted and attacked by Syrian regime forces in Idlib province
Michael McGowan / The Guardian:
Actor Geoffrey Rush awarded A$2.9M in damages from the News Corp Australia's Daily Telegraph, the largest defamation payout to a single person in Australia
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Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Restrictions on political coverage during voting places UK broadcasters in a precarious legal situation as they cover cabinet resignations during EU elections
Discussion: @martinbelam
Sara Fischer / Axios:
IAC's Dotdash, which owns sites including Investopedia and Verywell, is launching a line of paint, tied to its home decor site The Spruce, to be sold on Amazon
Discussion: PR Newswire
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Ev Williams says Fox News is more powerful and destructive than Twitter and the posting of false claims is part of the tradeoff of an open platform like Medium
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Avaaz study finds extensive far-right disinformation networks on Facebook ahead of EU elections; Facebook says it removed 77 Pages and 230 accounts in response
Evan Sernoffsky / San Francisco Chronicle:
Under fire for raid on Bryan Carmody's home, SF's Police Chief claims Carmody took part in a criminal conspiracy to steal an internal police report
James Walker / Press Gazette:
Brexit Party says ban on Channel 4 reporters has been lifted; Channel 4 News denies claims reporters “repeatedly lied” to gain access to a secure area at rally