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3:25 PM ET, October 21, 2019

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Facebook:
Facebook says it will more prominently label content that fact-checkers deem false on Facebook and Instagram, will ban ads suggesting voting is pointless  —  By Guy Rosen, VP of Integrity; Katie Harbath, Public Policy Director, Global Elections; Nathaniel Gleicher, Head of Cybersecurity Policy …
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Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Facebook now requires some page owners to disclose the orgs running them and if they're tied to state-owned media, will add labels to pages run by state media  —  The new efforts are meant to bolster its defenses ahead of the upcoming 2020 presidential election but are unlikely to end the growing dispute over political ads.
Max Willens / Digiday:
How Verizon is pivoting its publishing strategy to focus on commerce by investing in original shopping-focused video and a new content management system  —  Verizon Media Group has long styled itself as an advertising platform.  Now it wants to act like one that helps brands and retailers drive sales.
Discussion: MediaPost
Matthew Doran / ABC:
Major Australian newspapers black out text on their front pages Monday to protest secrecy laws passed over past two years, after raids of journalists in June  —  The nation's media companies have redacted their front pages to highlight the constraints on media organisations under strict national security legislation.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK's Global Radio to launch a new 24-hour LBC spin-off “pure news” station, without opinion or debate, from next Monday  —  Global Radio is launching a new 24-hour LBC spin-off station to create a dedicated space for “pure news” - without opinion or debate.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Nielsen's SVOD Content Ratings now tracks Amazon Prime Video, two years after launching with ratings for Netflix  —  Nielsen announced this morning it will now be able to measure the viewing taking place on Amazon Prime Video, through its Subscription Video on Demand Content Ratings solution.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Three weekly newspapers in Wales shut down after their publisher Herald News UK ceases operations, six months after announcing plans to invest £1.5M  —  Three Welsh weekly newspapers have been forced to close as their publisher suddenly ceased operations, putting 24 jobs at risk.
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Facebook opens ads in search results, which appear in news feeds and across its marketplace, to all advertisers for a select group of topics  —  Ads in Facebook Search Results are now open to all marketers for a select group of topics.  The ad unit, which appears in Facebook News Feeds …
Discussion: Adweek
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
On the tenth anniversary of Stylist, Q&A with EIC Lisa Smosarski on how the free, ad-backed magazine stayed “eternally stable”, putting out 400K+ copies/week  —  Women's magazine Stylist has a “long lifespan” in print yet, its editor-in-chief believes, as the free title celebrates its tenth anniversary this year.
International Center for Journalists:
ICFJ global study: ~33% of newsrooms have fact-checkers, ~66% distribute content in at least four formats, 50%+ of journalists use digital fact-checking tools  —  Journalists are increasingly turning to digital technology to help address daunting challenges such as the spread of misinformation …
 
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