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October 13, 2019, 11:00 AM

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Makena Kelly / The Verge:
Tencent-owned Riot says its broadcasters shouldn't discuss politics and religion on air; Epic, in which Tencent has a 40% stake, says political speech is OK  —  Epic Games is cool with political speech though  —  On Friday, Riot Games said that League of Legends broadcasters should “refrain” …
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BuzzFeed News:
Brian Fung / CNN:
Elizabeth Warren targets Facebook's ad policy of exempting ads by politicians from third-party fact-checking by running a Facebook ad with a clear falsehood  —  Zuckerberg says legal battles during a Warren presidency would ‘suck’  —  (CNN)A fresh series of Facebook ads this week …
Anna Fifield / Washington Post:
Study: Xuexi Qiangguo, a propaganda app developed by China's Communist Party, enables authorities to retrieve messages, photos, contacts, and even record audio  —  BEIJING — The Chinese Communist Party appears to have “superuser” access to all the data on more than 100 million cellphones …
Columbia Journalism Review:
While tech journalists recently have embraced a watchdog role, they could be even more useful by focusing on solutions rather than palace intrigue and villains  —  In March, when Mark Zuckerberg called for new regulations on internet companies, journalists rightly covered the move with skepticism.
New York Times:
Sources: Bill Gates met Jeffrey Epstein on many occasions, beginning in 2011, after Epstein's conviction for sex crimes; Gates says it was an error in judgment  —  Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex offender who committed suicide in prison, managed to lure an astonishing array of rich, powerful and famous men into his orbit.
Kaitlyn Tiffany / The Atlantic:
Newsletter platforms like Substack, which recently raised a $15.3M funding round, offer some writers a sustainable business model, but others see a bubble  —  Venture capital has finally come for the least sexy communication style.  —  It's unclear to me whether anyone has ever fallen in love over email …
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Visa, Mastercard, eBay, and Stripe say they are exiting Facebook's Libra Association, following PayPal, which announced its withdrawal last week  —  - EBay, Visa, Mastercard and Stripe announced Friday they will no longer be part of Facebook's libra cryptocurrency project.
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Profile of PewDiePie covering his relationships with YouTube and mainstream media, as he tries to shed his reputation as a far-right sympathizer  —  The biggest YouTuber in the world has been accused of being a closet white nationalist and even inspiring mass shootings.  He says it's all a misunderstanding.

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