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2:15 PM ET, November 27, 2019


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Leo Kelion / BBC:
US teen says TikTok blocked her from posting after she accused China of putting Muslims into concentration camps; TikTok blames other reasons for the suspension  —  A US teenager's TikTok video clip accusing China of putting Muslims into “concentration camps” has gone viral on the Chinese-owned social network.
Julia Carrie Wong / The Guardian:
Facebook bans white nationalist outlets Red Ice TV and Affirmative Right, says VDare's page is still under review, after recent report  —  Platform bars Red Ice TV and Affirmative Right, as VDare continues to operate  —  Facebook will no longer allow Red Ice TV and Affirmative Right to use its platform …
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
The online newspaper, which had been Facebook's only factchecking partner in the Netherlands, quits over political ad exemption  —  ‘Final straw’ was refusal to allow partner to mark dubious claims by far-right parties  —  Facebook's only Dutch factchecker has quit over the social network's refusal …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Jimmy Wales says he is planning to a hire a small number of journalists early next year for his news-focused social network WT:Social  —  Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales plans to a hire a small number of journalists for a “news-focused social network” in the hopes of finding an audience …
Shane Phelan /
Tony Robbins sues BuzzFeed for defamation in Ireland, a prime destination for “libel tourism”, over articles detailing alleged sexual misconduct  —  American self-help guru Tony Robbins is suing US news website Buzzfeed for defamation in Dublin and is threatening similar proceedings against social media giant Twitter.
Max Read / New York Magazine:
Q&A with Jonah Peretti on BuzzFeed in the 2010s: how microtargeting enables polarization, turning points like the Boston Marathon, Steele dossier, unionization  —  As the decade began, there were rea­sons to be optimistic: America had elected its first black president …
Ruth Margalit / Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at Egypt's brutal assault on independent journalism since Sisi was reelected last March, including draconian new laws that make “disinformation” criminal  —  One country's legislative assault on the press  —  What Mohamed Soltan still can't get over, six years later, is the smell.
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
CBS settles gender bias lawsuit with Michele Gillen, an Emmy-winning investigative reporter based in Miami, ahead of a trial scheduled to start on December 9  —  Resolution of Michele Gillen's lawsuit comes on the eve of trial.  —  CBS Broadcasting has come to a settlement agreement with Michele Gillen …
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Jack Shafer / Politico:
A subscriber strike for Alden Global Capital newspapers may be in order, to nudge Alden to sell its papers to owners who covet both good journalism and profits
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
UK's Press Gazette calls on Electoral Commission to ban the use of newspaper mastheads and copycat formats in election pamphlets, a common practice
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