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2:55 PM ET, August 19, 2019

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Facebook:
After a tip from Twitter, Facebook removes 7 Pages, 3 Groups, 5 accounts originating in China “involved in coordinated inauthentic behavior” regarding Hong Kong  —  Today, we removed seven Pages, three Groups and five Facebook accounts involved in coordinated inauthentic behavior …
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CNBC:
Twitter accuses China of running a disinformation campaign against Hong Kong protesters, attempting to “sow political discord”, suspends 936 associated accounts  —  KEY POINTS  — Twitter said Monday it suspended hundreds of accounts that are believed to be tied to a …
The Daily Beast:
Mark Halperin, who faced multiple accusations of sexual misconduct and harassment in 2017, signs a book deal with publisher Regan Arts  —  News of the “Game Change” author's deal with Regan Arts came as a shock to his accusers, and prominent Democrats interviewed in the book have been scrambling to explain themselves.
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Twitter:
Twitter says it will no longer accept advertising from state-controlled news media entities, says it does not apply to “taxpayer-funded entities”  —  Our singular mission is to serve the public conversation.  This mission applies to every part of our service, including our advertising and promotional products.
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[Thread] Twitter has been running ads from Chinese state news agency Xinhua that aim to discredit protesters in Hong-Kong  —  Every day I go out and see stuff with my own eyes, and then I go to report it on Twitter and see promoted tweets saying the opposite of what I saw. Twitter is taking money from Chinese propaganda outfits and running these promoted tweets against the top Hong Kong protest hashtags pic.twitter.com/6Wb0Km6GOb
Jay Rosen / PressThink:
Despite NYT's hesitance to rethink its Trump coverage, a younger, more diverse generation of journalists and a more vocal readership have spurred small changes  —  Anxiety over the core audience's rising influence helps explain events after ‘Trump Urges Unity vs. Racism.’
Alexandra Steigrad / New York Post:
Sources say WarnerMedia execs were blindsided by new HBO streaming plans, describe how WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey's harsh management style is alienating staff  —  Plans by HBO's new parent company to launch a Netflix rival is coming under fire from insiders — many of whom are pointing the finger at their new boss, John Stankey.
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Roku Channel adds an ad-supported kids section with 7K free TV episodes and movies from 20 partners  —  Roku's home entertainment hub, The Roku Channel, is expanding into kids' programming.  The company this morning announced plans to aggregate kids and family movies and TV alongside …
Howard Polskin / Columbia Journalism Review:
Comscore data: Fox News' monthly unique visitors have doubled since 2015 to 100M; Breitbart fell to 4.6M unique visitors in May, down from 23M in late 2016  —  Donald Trump is a media president.  He makes policies based on the words of certain journalists, riles his supporters in opposition to others …
Steve Dent / Engadget:
Spotify's Premium Family Plan is getting parental controls with an explicit content filter and a Family Mix personalized playlist for the whole family  —  Spotify is rolling out a new Premium Family Plan with a much-awaited setting.  Parents will now have the ability to filter out songs with swearing …
The Conversation:
Study finds that many Republicans are regularly fooled by satirical news site The Babylon Bee, while many Democrats are regularly fooled by The Onion  —  In July, the website Snopes published a piece fact-checking a story posted on The Babylon Bee, a popular satirical news site with a conservative bent.
 
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