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Breitbart traffic down seventh month in row, from 13.7 million unique visitors during November 2017 to 6.4 million in May 2018, remains far larger than competing conservative outlets Daily Caller and Daily Wire

Charles Krauthammer says farewell to readers, has only weeks to live after reappearance of aggressive cancer

Vice reporter tests whether telephone is under surveillance by saying trigger words for various products, reaches conclusion that phone is likely monitored but does not consider it a problem for normal people

Putin interviewed in Austrian TV about troll factories, says Moscow has no connection to them, tells reporter to look into what George Soros does online

Breitbart London editor Raheem Kassam leaves company, was recruited by Steve Bannon in 2014, now accompanies Bannon on trip to Europe

Elon Musk wants to build service to rate credibility of specific journalists and news outlets, site to be called Pravda and has connections to person who recently registered name

Barack and Michelle Obama sign multi-year deal with Netflix, say production company Higher Ground Productions seeks to "cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples", will make both documentaries and series

Chinese TV channel Mango TV barred from airing Eurovision song contest after blurring rainbow flags, censoring tattoos and not airing Irish and Albanian entries, European Broadcasting Union says censoring not in line with its values of diversity

Website altright.com shut down, GoDaddy usually respects freedom of expression but says it has made an exception, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law submitted complaint last month

Web.com hands over domain france.com that Jean-Noël Frydman has owned since 1994 to French government after Paris court ruling, Frydman files federal lawsuit in US

Netflix to buy cinemas in Los Angeles and New York to increase chances of own productions receiving Academy Awards

BBC clarifies fictional nature of video where news presenter announces nuclear war between Nato and Russian, film made in 2016 for company investigating psychological warfare, original contained disclaimers about information being false but these have been edited out from version going viral

Chinese microblog Sina Weibo reverses decision to remove homosexual content as part of three-month cleaning campaign after protests from LGBT advocates

Facebook bans Richard Spencer's page along with two other pages he controlled, alt-right figurehead continues to have active accounts on Twitter and Youtube

Chinese microblog platform Sina Weibo bans gay and violent content including pictures, cartoons and text posts during three-month clean-up campaign, says action aimed to comply with China’s new cyber security law calling for strict data surveillance

Mark Zuckerberg in first of two days of questioning in US Senate after Cambridge Analytica affair, apologizes for Facebook being used to spread fake news and violating privacy of users but does not back regulation

The Guardian suspicious of book club run by charismatic PewdiePie, Youtube celebrity makes young people read classic literature, but is problematic since he shares much of alt-right culture and draws attention to Jordan Peterson

American TV producer Steven Bochco dead at 74 after years of battling leukaemia, created some of America's best known police drama series such as Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue

Playboy announces withdrawal from Facebook after Tesla and SpaceX removed accounts on Friday, #DeleteFacebook movement grows while it is noted that companies are still active on Facebook-owned Instagram

Tweaked service agreement from Microsoft enables banning of users publicly broadcasting material containing offensive language, nudity, pornography or graphic violence; agreement applies to Skype, Office 365, OneDrive, Bing and Outlook

Youtube introduces tighter restrictions on videos involving weapons, prohibits videos promoting websites selling firearms and accessories, instructions on how to assemble firearms to be banned

Google sets aside USD 300 million for projects to deal with fake news and develop publisher business models, Disinfo Lab to stop false information from being spread in connection to elections and other major events, new platform to simplify for selected media outlets to sell subscriptions, New York Times, Washington Post, Telegraph and Financial Times partners at launch

#DeleteFacebook movement joined by Whatsapp co-founder Brian Acton in reaction to Cambridge Analytica controversy, gains momentum as Facebook stock down 9% in two days, 50 billion USD stock value eradicated

Facebook shuts down page of Britain First after several warnings, says controversial opinions can only be expressed in robust way which does not denigrate others on basis of their identities

Vice Media co-founder Shane Smith resigns from CEO position to renew corporate brand after work place harassment scandal, Nancy Dubuc becomes new head of company

Israel will broadcast football world cup to Arabic neighbor countries over satellite, viewing the games will be free of charge and there will be comments in Arabic, breaks Qatari monopoly and challenges channel biIn Sports which charges 45 USD per home

UK considers not renewing RT's broadcast permission in and from country, Russia responds with threats to stop all British media in Russian, tensions between countries escalate in wake of spy drama

Google bans all ads related to cryptocurrencies in its channels, follows Facebook implementing similar rules, takes effect from June 2018

More affordable internet data plans behind YouTube's increasing popularity in India, new users more prone to getting tricked by fake news according to organization monitoring media trends

Germany's largest newspaper Bild retires traditional featuring of topless female models, will continue to publish topless pictures as part of news reporting

Canadian conservative Lauren Southern stopped and detained by UK-Calais border, questioned about her religious and political views and relation to English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson, denied entry to United Kingdom for previous distribution of fliers about Allah as LGBT-person in densely Muslim populated Luton, follows Islam critics Michael Savage and Pamela Geller who've previous been denied entry

Gerald Sussman: Majority of Americans distrust MSM, not surprising as they are troll farms, accusations of Russian interference in presidential election should be compared to US trying to influence foreign elections 81 times between 1946 and 2000, excluding invasions, blockades, sanctions and assassination attempts

Joseph Bernstein: Prager University converts young Americans to conservatism through famous lecturers, focus on evergreen topics and high quality videos

Orwell's Animal Farm and 1984, pictures of Winnie the Pooh, phrase Xi Zedong and letter n among targets of Chinese internet censorship, tolerance of criticism expected to decrease

YouTube warns and temporarily freezes account of Infowars after Alex Jones claims survivors of school shooting trained by anti-gun lobby ahead of media appearances

Conservative talk radio star Mark Levin gets own show on Fox News, inaugural broadcast this Sunday for Life, Liberty & Levin with economist Walter Williams as guest

Identity verification through physical mail to stop usage of false identities for buying Facebook ads mentioning candidates in US elections, other political ads not affected, Google My Business already has similar method for authentication

Israel boycotts Israeli film festival in Paris due to plans to show controversial drama Foxtrot about how IDF tried to cover up murders of young Palestinians, film repeatedly criticized by Israel culture minister Miri Regev, director Samuel Maoz wishes for his work to be seen as national self-criticism aiming to improve society

Facebook launches "Keeping Muslims Safe Online: Tackling Hate and Bigotry" guide together with Faith Associates, in line with Zuckerberg promise following San Bernardino massacre to "create a peaceful and safe environment" for Muslims

Washington Post reporter Janell Ross placed on leave after speaking at top-secret liberal meeting including George Soros last November without notifying superiors

Mother of boy who modeled H&M's "Coolest Monkey in the Jungle" sweatshirt says doesn’t believe ad racially insensitive, urges people to stop crying wolf

Steve Bannon steps down from Breitbart, is a valued part of news organization's legacy according to CEO Larry Solov

Reactionary political theorist and software engineer Curtis Yarvin, known as Mencius Moldbug, escorted from Google headquarters by security personnel after visiting employee for lunch, his presence triggered silent alarm

Macron announces overhaul of French media legislation during 2018 to fight spread of fake news on social media, says strong legislation needed to protect liberal democracies

YouTuber Logan Paul criticized for 15-minute video where he and friends visit infamous Japanese suicide location Aokigahara forest and joke while filming close-ups of dead body

UK may impose taxes on tech giants unless they do more to combat extremism, security minister Ben Wallace calls companies ruthless profiteers who sell user data while not giving them to democratically elected governments

After selling 21st Century Fox to Disney for USD 52.4 billion Rupert Murdoch returns to news and sports, which has been his core business since 1952

Murdoch family to sell 21st Century Fox to Disney, says source to Bloomberg

Google to dedicate more than 10,000 staff to rooting out content on Youtube claimed to be extremist, has already begun redirecting users who search for certain keywords towards playlist of videos that debunk violent messages

Millions of comments to the FCC against net neutrality possibly counterfeit according to Jeff Kao

Facebook purges and bans some 40 goat-related slurs including their grammatical cases, terms said to allude to bestiality and having been used Islamophobically

Twitter's verified check marks perceived by users as endorsement, company enacts new rules regarding hate speech and removes verified statuses of Richard Spencer and Jason Kessler

Amazon announces multi-season Lord of the Rings TV adaptation, will tell new stories based in period preceding The Fellowship of the Ring with potential spin-offs

Reddit CEO and co-founder Steve Huffman says company may go public in 2020 to reward employees and investors, plans to produce own media shut down to focus on core product

Editorial Director of antiwar.com Justin Raimondo diagnosed with late-stage adenocaricinoma cancer and is undergoing experimental therapy, will continue to write as much as possible

Ex-Facebook president Sean Parker claims site created knowingly exploiting "vulnerability in human psychology" with objective to "consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible"

Dan Lattier: History stopped in 1936 according to Orwell, pervasive government propaganda has become more visible after Spanish Civil War, West's understanding of history characterized by soft totalitarianism

Satire writer Paul Horner found dead at the age of 38, known to have produced a lot of false news during the 2016 US elections as political satire

Hugh Hefner dies at the age of 91, founded Playboy in 1953, ran casinos and nightclubs, praised by his son for the work for freedom of speech

Iran publishes fake video footage depicting successful launch of ballistic missile with a purported range of 2,000 kilometers, the material disseminated by state media

Amazon accused of "censorship" after removing homosexuality-themed Bible version where Rihanna created the world, Jesus turned water into mimosas and Trump took Satan's place, book briefly ranked top new release in Christian ebooks and Bibles category on US Amazon version

Conservatives in Silicon Valley communicate through underground network according to fired Google employee James Damore, high admission requirements since leftists try to infiltrate groups

YouTube shuts down two North Korean propaganda channels with 38,000 subscribers in total, academics using channels to study regime's missile programs urge company to revoke decision in interest of national security

Journalist Eric Bolling leaves Fox News, was accused in August of having sexually harassed colleagues

Conservative book publisher Regnery Publishing stops using NYT Bestseller List after newspaper listed book at rank 7 while BookScan had it as topseller, bans authors from promoting selves as "New York Times bestselling author"

Clothing company John Lewis introduces gender neutral children's clothing and decides to remove boy and girl tagging, campaign backfires immediately in the form of angry appeal on Twitter

China tightens Internet censorship ahead of Communist Party's 19th National Congress, service providers to be held responsible for ensuring government can identify users, pseudonyms still allowed but must be tied to real identities

Russian dating app Mamba attempts to boost voter turnout by offering service where users swipe through pictures of potential voting partners, company's CEO says it has been advised to launch feature

Mises Institute launches podcast Historical Controversies to apply Rothbardian revisionist perspective on important American history sagas, first season covers War on Drugs

Social network Gab raises USD 1 million via crowdfunding after alt-right account crackdown by established platforms

Spotify removes several white supremacist bands after review by the site Digital music news, according to Spotify, the record labels and aggregators were at first hand responsible for delivering artists to Spotify

The Daily Stormer moves to Dark Web since Alphabet and GoDaddy decided to cancel the site's registration

Patreon shuts down Defend Europe's account, claims group's mission to obstruct NGO vessels from rescuing migrants on the Mediterranean "likely to cause loss of life"

Discord shuts down altright.com chat server and accounts associated with Charlottesville events, claims to want to take action against all forms of hate

BBC World Service's 24-hour transmission in Hong Kong since 1978 to be replaced with programming from China’s state radio channel, meant to "enhance the cultural exchange between the mainland and Hong Kong" according to Radio Television Hong Kong spokesman

Pakistani Taliban launches publication for women to encourage them to become terrorists, magazine targets educated English speakers and features in its first issue article which brings up benefits of child marriage

YouTube plans hiding and demonetizing “controversial religious and supremacist” videos via automated system combined with human flagging, several right-wing YouTubers worried about potentially fuzzy algorithms and system abuse

Patreon bans right-wing libertarian freelance journalist Lauren Southern, claims her activities "likely to cause loss of life"

Facebook plans testing paywall for subscription news stories, would allow media partners to maintain full control over which stories to lock behind paywall and full control of their subscriber data, pay model unclear

HBO says Game of Thrones-directors David Benioff and Dan Weiss making a new series for the company, story in Confederate revolves around alternative history where slavery is allowed and the southern states has seceded while the US is headed for third civil war

Facebook will run ads in marketplace for free as a way to test effectiveness, Facebook tells investors they are running out of places to put ads in News Feed

Man who trolled Janet Yellens press conference with handwritten note gets USD 15,000 in bitcoin donations, Bitcoin to release SegWit2x July 21st

SoundCloud fires 40% of staff, runs out of money in Q4, morale among remaining employees at rock bottom, future of company and vast sound collection at risk

Newspaper owners and billionaires Bezos, Buffett and Slim claim economic hardship and demand antitrust exception for collective negotiations with Google and Facebook

CNN prime time ratings fall below re-runs of decades old shows, channel in hot water over made-up Trump stories and extortion of Reddit user

Turkish site sendika.org applies to Guinness World Records for recognition as world's most censored news website after 48 attempts to block it

China introduces obligatory propaganda in cinemas, film lovers to be informed about Communist Party's latest directives and policy visions to better understand and accept them, according to state media agency

CNN threatens to disclose name of Reddit user who created video where Trump is depicted as wrestling with media company's logo, promises to respect his privacy as long as he behaves according to CNN's wishes

US intelligence agencies and armed forces have affected script and production of over 800 movies and 1,000 TV shows according to 4,000 documents obtained via Freedom of information act, more widespread influence than previous estimates

War on Trump gives media record ratings, makes reporters into overnight celebrities, MSNBC viewership up 73% year-over-year, hostility expected to continue as long as it draws viewers but erodes confidence in media according to analysts

China bans displays of homosexuality in online videos, comes one week after ban on live streaming on platforms like Sina Weibo, iFeng och ACFUN

O'Reilly stops selling books through its own internet shop to focus on its digital subscription service Safari, will continue to sell books through Amazon and retail

Michael Bond dead at 91 following short illness, most known for writing Paddington Bear series

Dave Lindoff: US foremost investigative journalist Seymour Hersh unable to publish articles on White House lies about Syria war, forced to publish in German newspaper Die Welt

Facebook recruits thousands to delete posts containing hate speech, notes that it may be perceived as censorship and says development is ongoing of better system for automatically filtering offensive language

Most successful headline wordings include "will make you", "this is why" and "can we guess", emotional phrases particularly effective on Facebook according to analysis of 100 million social media posts

On undercover video, CNN employee says that stories about Trump's connections to Russia are mostly incorrect and that the narrative is promoted due to being good for ratings

Three CNN journalists resign after channel retracts text about ties between Russian investment fund and Trump staff, content not properly sourced, Anthony Scaramucci receives and accepts apology

Facebook starts producing original content, including series targeting teenagers, no nudity or foul language in episodes airing this autumn

Website of John Kasich replaced with IS propaganda after being hacked, message holds Donald Trump responsible for deaths in Muslim countries and praise IS terrorists