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4:49 PM ET, June 19, 2019

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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Interviews with 12 former Facebook content moderators from Tampa, three on the record, where working conditions are appalling and many experience PTSD  —  At Facebook's worst-performing content moderation site in North America, one contractor has died, and others say they fear for their lives
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Quibi says it has booked more than $100M in ad sales with launch partners including Google, P&G, PepsiCo, Walmart, and Anheuser-Busch, ahead of April 2020 debut  —  Quibi, the ambitious short-form video venture from Jeffrey Katzenberg and CEO Meg Whitman, has sold $100 million …
Rob Copeland / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: YouTube considering far-reaching changes to protect kids, including moving all children's content to the YouTube Kids app and turning off autoplay  —  Executives consider shifting children's content to a separate app, removing auto-play feature in an effort to protect young viewers
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Washington Post:
Sources: after complaints about privacy practices around children's videos on YouTube, FTC is in late stages of a probe, causing YouTube to rethink its strategy  —  The U.S. government is in the late stages of an investigation into YouTube for its handling of children's videos …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Five NY1 anchorwomen sue the network for age and gender discrimination, alleging a systematic effort to force them off the air in favor of younger hosts  —  Five anchorwomen at NY1, one of the country's most prominent local news channels, sued the network on Wednesday over age and gender discrimination …
The Guardian:
UN report: Mohammed bin Salman should be investigated for the extrajudicial murder of Jamal Khashoggi for which there is “credible evidence” he is liable  —  Mohammed bin Salman should be investigated over journalist's murder, says report  —  The crown prince of Saudi Arabia …
Alison Griswold / Quartz:
Quartz hired three workers on freelance marketplace Fiverr for $5-$15 to write about Fiverr's IPO; results were expectedly poor and partially plagiarized  —  Fiverr, an Israel-based startup, is a sort of white-collar TaskRabbit—a freelance platform for services like digital marketing …
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
How The Washington Post, NBC News, and The Dallas Morning News are using TikTok to share news stories, or at least start participating in memes  —  “When I was a beat reporter, I used to look at national news and say: How can I localize this?  I feel like this is the other way around …
Lyz Lenz / Columbia Journalism Review:
Bustle CEO Bryan Goldberg, normalized in profiles as an entrepreneur supporting prestigious journalism, remains volatile behind the scenes, pushing boundaries  —  Bryan Goldberg wants to save your internet.  Since the creation of his Bustle Digital Group, Goldberg made a name for himself …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Streaming service FuboTV and Discovery strike a multiyear deal to add Discovery networks to FuboTV; networks include Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and OWN  —  Discovery, Inc. and FuboTV said they have struck a multi-year deal that brings 13 of the cable-programmer's networks to Fubo's live-TV streaming service in coming weeks.
BuzzFeed News:
Marcus Epstein, a former contributor to VDare with other white nationalist ties, has been writing opinion pieces for WSJ, National Review, The Hill, and others  —  A former Republican operative notorious for his connections to white nationalists has established himself as an opinion contributor …
Mathew Katz / Digital Trends:
Kim Kardashian deepfake was blocked on YouTube for violating copyright, showing a simple path for companies and famous people to take down fakes on the platform  —  YouTube took down an incredibly realistic — and fake — video purporting to show Kim Kardashian West discussing a shadowy organization called …
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
In a first, only one outlet, MSNBC, is allowed to provide live coverage of the South Carolina Democratic Convention; Fox, C-SPAN, CNN are barred  —  In a first, only one TV outlet — MSNBC — will be allowed to deliver live coverage of Saturday's South Carolina Democratic Convention …
 
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Jonathan Watts / The Guardian:
Amid a crackdown on media in Tanzania, investigative journalist Jabir Idrissa lost his job, and his newspaper was banned, for reporting about a goldmine
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Marc Tracy / New York Times:
BuzzFeed News is part of a union wave at digital media outlets that has resulted in an estimated 2,000 new members for the News Guild and WGA East
Megha Rajagopalan / BuzzFeed News:
American journalist says China denied her visa application because of her work covering Chinese government influence abroad
Jon Harris / Morning Call:
MediaNews Group will cut 81 positions, or one-third of the 221 employees from the Reading Eagle Co, one month after it bought the 150-year-old PA publisher
Discussion: @johnrobinson
Tatiana Cirisano / Billboard:
Wixen sues Pandora for alleged copyright infringement, claims it displayed lyrics without authorization; Spotify settled a $1.6B suit brought by Wixen last year
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Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Spotify says Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency, launching in 2020, will help subscription services by reducing payment friction and opening new markets
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Twitch has acquired social networking platform Bebo, source says for $25M, to bolster its esports business
Patrick Coffee / Adweek:
Advertisers, agencies, and social platforms form the Global Alliance for Responsible Media, a coalition to develop methods for protecting brands and consumers