Must Reads in Media & Technology: April 20

Must Reads is MediaShift’s daily curation of the big stories about media and technology from across the web. Sign up here to get these delivered right to your inbox. 1. U.S. Press Freedom Tracker Will Keep Tabs on the Safety of Journalists in America (Benjamin Mullin / Poynter) 2. In France, Snapchat Takes the Lead in Producing Political Content (Jessica Davies / Digiday) 3. Google Plans Ad-Blocking Feature in Popular Chrome Browser (Jack Marshall / Wall Street Journal) 4. Publishers Are Seeing Another Big Decline in Reach on Facebook (Lucia Moses / Digiday) 5. The Los Angeles Times Built a Slack Bot that lets the Newsroom Know When the Coffee is Ready (Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab) 6. Bill O’Reilly Is Forced Out at Fox News (Emily Steel and Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times)
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A ‘Not Missing’ Richard Simmons Addresses Fans in Recent Facebook Post

shutterstock_165109544 Speculation about where and how Richard Simmons is has been at a fever-pitch lately, and with yesterday’s news that he was in the hospital with indigestion, it increased even more. Today, the fitness guru posted to Facebook, with what is quite possibly a recent photo, to let his fans know that he is not, in fact “missing,” just “a little under the weather.” Simmons wrote:
Hello to everyone who has shown concern for me and sent their good wishes. You will never know how much it means to me.
Aren’t you sick of hearing and reading about me?! LOL Well by now you know that I’m not “missing”, just a little under the weather. I’m sure I will be feeling good and back home in a couple of days.
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Must Reads in Media & Technology: April 19

Must Reads is MediaShift’s daily curation of the big stories about media and technology from across the web. Sign up here to get these delivered right to your inbox. 1. Memo From Brian McGrory on the Boston Globe Reinvention (Boston Globe) 2. Facebook Still Denies What It Is. The Cleveland Murder Shows How. (Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post) 3. Cheddar, Web Video Maker, Bets Millennials Will Use TV Antennas (Gerry Smith / Bloomberg) 4. Facebook Launches Beta of Spaces, its Goofy and Fun Social VR Platform (Lucas Matney / TechCrunch) 5. How YouTube’s Shifting Algorithms Hurt Independent Media (Amanda Hess / New York Times)
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BREAKING: Steve Stephens, Suspected Cleveland Facebook Murderer, Has Killed Himself

Screen Shot 2017-04-18 at 12.25.44 PM The manhunt for Steve Stephens has ended. The suspect who broadcast himself killing a man on Facebook has been found dead in Erie, Pennsylvania. After several days of searching, state troopers were given a tip that Stephens’ car was located a parking lot. After a brief chase, they eventually found Stephens inside of his vehicle, dead after committing suicide with a gun. Police in Cleveland will soon hold a news conference to address the development. UPDATE – 12:19 a.m. EST: Watch the press conference here, via Fox. [Image via Twitter] — —
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Must Reads in Media & Technology: April 18

Must Reads is MediaShift’s daily curation of the big stories about media and technology from across the web. Sign up here to get these delivered right to your inbox. 1. How A False Story About A Husband And Wife Being Twins Ended Up On Major News Websites (Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed) 2. 10 years of Hope and Hard Lessons on the Facebook Platform (Josh Constine / TechCrunch) 3. Bustle Acquires Elite Daily From Daily Mail and Rebrands as Bustle Digital Group (Alyson Shontell / Business Insider) 4. You Can Now Live Stream to YouTube From Your Phone if You Have at Least 1,000 Subscribers (Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch) 5. Moment of Monetized Zen: Brands are Cashing in on the New ‘Satisfying Videos’ Craze (Yuyu Chen / Digiday) 6. This News App Starts With the Premise that News Discovery has Become too Personalized (Joseph Lichterman Continue reading "Must Reads in Media & Technology: April 18"

Facebook Releases Timeline on How Long It Took to Disable Cleveland Suspect’s Account

facebook Facebook has posted a statement online this afternoon that includes a timeline of events showing how long it took for them to disable the Facebook account of the man who posted video of himself shooting and killing someone. The manhunt for Steve Stephens is still underway. The Cleveland Police Department said in their statement yesterday that that Stephens “did broadcast the killing on Facebook Live,” but Facebook followed up by saying that while he was on Facebook Live at one point, the homicide was not live-streamed, but uploaded instead. Facebook released a ‘Community Standards and Reporting” statement today saying the video “has no place on Facebook, and goes against our policies and everything we stand for.” They also released a timeline of events outlining how long it took for them to disable Stephens’ Facebook account:
11:09AM PDT — First video, of intent to murder, uploaded. Not reported to Facebook.
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Netizen Report: Censorship Spikes After Venezuela’s ‘Self-Inflicted Coup’

Global Voices Advocacy’s Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. Protesters in Venezuela have been mobilizing almost daily and in large numbers since the Supreme Court of Justice temporarily nullified the National Assembly on March 30, a move that many described as a “self-inflicted” coup. The change sparked international outrage. Although the court reversed course days later and reinstated the National Assembly, public unrest has continued, forcing public officials to confront the economic and political crisis that has been ongoing since 2014. Alongside political turmoil and rising rates of violent crime, the global drop in the price of oil, the country’s main export, has left Venezuela with staggering inflation rates for more than three years. Inflation has not fallen below 50 percent since 2014. It exceeded 100% in 2015, and reached 800% at the end of 2016. President Nicolas
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