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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 

Amazon plans charging 2.8 million USD for 30 second ads during NFL games, invests in sports to attract customers to website and Prime service 

Wall Street Journal fires chief foreign correspondent Jay Solomon for having business deal with one of his sources, Iranian business man Farhad Azima 

Afghanistan TV channel ZAN focuses on women's rights, 54 of 70 employees are female, since 2001 country has gone from one state owned channel to 76 different alternatives 

Media channels with higher ratio of original content get more traffic according to study of dataset with 2.5 million French articles from 2013 

BBC regrets headline "Three Palestinians killed after deadly stabbing in Jerusalem" describing terror attack where Israeli policewoman was killed and at least four were injured 

Saudi Arabia bans hotels and tourist facilities from airing Al Jazeera news channels, violators could be punished with fine of up to USD 26,000 

CNN breaks off production relationship with Reza Aslan after he posts profane tweet criticizing Trump's promotion of travel ban following London terror attack 

Wall Street Journal loses 44% of readers coming via Google after adding paywall for them too, quadruples share converting from free to paying readers 

Facebook to create "hostile environment" for terrorists spreading propaganda, wants to provide service where users feel safe, measures proposed in statement after London attack 

SoundCloud bans Richard Spencer's podcast alt-right Radio, content found to violate terms of service after examination initiated by Twitter user 

CNN terminates agreement with comedian Kathy Griffin after she participates in photo shoot that featured her holding up bloody head resembling that of Donald Trump 

US Library of Congress makes 25 million files accessible online, including books, maps and music 

William Anderson: US TV sports giant ESPN declining due to outdated business model focused on advertising and cable subscriptions as well as left-wing views 

Fox News co-founder and former CEO Roger Ailes dies at the age of 77 

Israel shuts down current public service media, is being replaced with new media group, critics argue that the reason is to silence criticism and gain more control 

WeChat latest messaging app to be blocked in Russia, has 900 million active users each month of which most are Chinese, Russian authorities believed to be inspired by the Great Firewall 

YouTube plans 40 TV series and films, hopes that famous actors will draw advertisers 

Facebook hires 3,000 for reviewing video material to avoid public displays of violent crimes, 4,500 already work with similar tasks 

New York Times reports highest quarterly revenue growth in six years, strong sales of digital subscriptions in wake of presidential elections, 308 000 sold during first quarter 

Video blogger Daddyofive loses custody of two children, published video where child was wrongly accused of bad behavior and punished both physically and emotionally, YouTube account has 800,000 subscribers 

4chan's "Operation OKKK" to make media associate the OK sign with white supremacy via memes and the hashtag #NOTok tricks The Independent among others 

Russia Today and Sputnik denied access to Emmanuel Macron's campaign meetings after being accused of spreading propaganda, targeted and open discrimination according to Kremlin 

Twitter blocks UK government and MI5 from using public API for surveillance, still sells user data to commercial actors 

YouTube removes video of man murdering his child after report by BBC, Facebook removed live video 24 hours after it was broadcasted 

Hacker WauchulaGhost captures at least 250 Twitter accounts from IS terrorists, uses them to promote Pride and pornography 

Trump administration hostility toward press likened to pantomime by Politico, en private best possible relations are nurtured with journalists, display of antagonism serves to distract supporters 

Pavel Durov, founder of VKontakte and Telegram, deletes social media profiles, says they are pointless and brain clutter 

Bill O'Reilly fired from Fox News after sexual harassment allegations, has settled with five women for a total of USD 13 million 

Indonesian Marvel illustrator Ardian Syaf fired for including Islamist propaganda in comic book, inspired by protests against Jakarta's Christian governor, references to Quran and date of protest on X-men character and building 

Turkish doctor cleared of charges after sharing images comparing Erdoğan to Gollum, defense says reputation of fictional character rescued by arguments for his benevolence after hours of film watching 

Evaluation of Infowars content brought up in custody battle between Alex Jones and his ex-wife who claims things said on air disqualify him from caring for children 

Chinese government employees make 450 million internet posts per year to distract from unwanted discussions, done outside working hours and without economic compensation, according to Harvard professor Gary King 

Snopes says fake news stereotype of right politics spread by uneducated is wrong, left and educated are just as vulnerable to confirmation bias 

Facebook blocks 30,000 accounts in France ahead of presidential election to stop misinformation, will run special fact-checking programs in country during end of campaign season in late April and early May 

Netflix to invest USD 6 billion to produce content in California, abandons previous strategy of producing in states offering most beneficial tax deals 

2017 Pulitzer prizes announced, responsible for Panama documents awarded for best explanatory reporting, New York Daily News and ProPublica wins public service category 

US writers threaten to strike, claim TV boom has not benefited them enough as series have fewer episodes per season 

Buzzfeed sues FBI for failure to provide information about Andrew Breitbart after media company files FOIA request 

Pepsi retracts ad after critics say it trivializes social justice protestors, company wanted to celebrate community, peace and understanding 

Facebook develops image recognition tools for automatically blocking revenge porn, similar methods in use to stop distribution of child pornography 

Facebook, Mozilla and 20 more organizations invest 14 million USD in fake news filter 

Mexican newspaper Norte de Ciudad Juarez shuts down because of security concerns as well as financial difficulties, three journalists from other newspapers killed only in March 

US news papers from 412,000 employees in 2001 to 174,000 in 2016, number of internet publishers grew from 67,000 to 206,000 between 2007 and 2016 

People following the news more likely to hold negative views on Islam, according to study – widespread representations of Muslims in the news because violence sells likely factor, author says 

21-year-old man sentenced to death in Iran for insulting prophet Muhammad in messaging app Line, unclear how information reached authorities since app uses end-to-end encryption 

CNN and MSNBC claim to be live while interviewing same guest at same time [video]  

Gab.ai will remove features from the iOS app until Apple approves it, according to Andrew Torba 

40 people watching live broadcast where 15-year-old gets gang-raped by Chicago gang, Facebook unpublishes video 

New documents prove Edward Snowdens stay at hotel in Hong Kong, conspiracy based on incorrect date was spread by media in order to discredit whistleblower 

Fox News suspends Andrew Napolitano indefinitely after famous commentator claimed GHCQ spied on Trump on orders from Obama 

Legendary New York columnist Jimmy Breslin dead at 88, known for aggressive and unpretentious style and defense of working class people 

Tomi Lahren suspended from The Blaze for at least a week after calling pro-life conservatives hypocrites, contract expiring in September 2017 may be terminated prematurely 

Hundreds of prominent Twitter accounts hacked, Turkish text and flag displayed as well as Nazi accusations against Netherlands, third party analytics service Twitter Counter believed to have served as back door 

6,000 sign petition as BBC is accused of marginalizing Christians and enabling Islamization of UK, appointment of Muslim director of religious programming believed to have sparked protests 

Nassim Nicholas Taleb: Journalists care more about each other's opinions than the public, lack incentives to report truthfully, easy for lobbyists to manipulate 

CNN cuts congressman's feed as he references FBI statistics saying 30% of domestic terrorists are refugees 

Facebook reports BBC to police after journalists notify social media platform of sexualized images of children being shared 

Russian TV team said to have offered teens in Rinkeby, Sweden equivalent of 44 USD each for starting fight on camera 

Facebook starts flagging "fake news" as disputed, algorithm and user reporting send articles to Snopes and Politifact 

Ahmadinejad creates Twitter account eight years after banning the service as president of Iran when it was used to protest his re-election 

Tim Pool interviews Swedish journalist Ivar Arpi about the increase in crime in Sweden and media self-censorship [video] 

37 French media organizations launch collaborative fact-checking service, has support from Google and Facebook 

72% of Fox News audience think US is on right track compared to 14% of MSNBC viewers, according to study of diverging world views of media consumers 

Donald Trump will not attend White House Correspondents' Dinner, last time sitting president was not present was 1981 when Reagan was recovering from assassination attempt but participated by phone 

White House announces harsh measures to curb leaks, will check phones of staff, reminds that encrypted messaging apps are not allowed, warns employees not to leak information about leak crackdown 

Bob Woodward: No one wins on war between White House and media, reporters should stop whining and get on with investigative journalism to avoid impression that media is interest group only concerned with itself 

Tino Sanandaji: US media give sensationalist picture of refugee criminality in Sweden, crime concentrated to ghettoes and stems from decades of immigration, taboo against relevant statistics is biggest problem 

Maintenance of positive image of Sweden in era of Trump requires serious media and criticism of sources, says king Carl XVI Gustaf in interview