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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg tells media executives that system ranking news organizations based on trustworthiness and promotes content based on that metric is in place. News business analyst shows how Alden Global Capital has used deep cuts at the Denver Post and other local newspapers to turn big profits. The ongoing monitoring of President Trump’s false or misleading claims undertaken by The Washington Post turns in its monthly report, showing an average of six per day since the inaugural. -Dru Menaker, Chief Operating Officer

The most pressing threats and notable goings-on in free expression today


CEO Mark Zuckerberg Says Facebook Will Rank News Outlets By Trustworthiness
Mark Zuckerberg said in a meeting with media executives that the company has begun implementing a system of ranking news organizations by trust, relying on user surveys to determine which news sources are “broadly trusted.”

Alden Global Capital is making so much money wrecking local journalism it might not want to stop anytime soon
“Today we can reveal some key financial numbers from the very private company that shows just how successful Alden and DFM have been at milking profit out of the newspapers it is slashing to the bone.”

President Trump has made 3,001 false or misleading claims so far
In the 466 days since he took the oath of office, President Trump has made 3,001 false or misleading claims, according to The Fact Checker’s database that analyzes, categorizes, and tracks every suspect statement uttered by the president. That’s an average of nearly 6.5 claims a day.

Mark Zuckerberg Doesn’t Understand Journalism
Deciding what to believe based on other people’s opinions is not only not journalistic, it’s arguably hostile to the press as a democratic institution. The truth may be nuanced, but reportable facts are often quite straightforward.


Myanmar court accepts testimony of policeman who said Reuters reporters framed
A judge in Myanmar declared that a witness who said two Reuters reporters accused of possessing state secrets were framed by police was credible, dealing a blow to the prosecution in what has become a landmark press freedom case.

Indian gangster Chhota Rajan jailed for life for ordering journalist’s murder in 2011
An Indian court sentenced notorious gangster Chhota Rajan and eight others to life in prison for murdering a journalist in a drive-by shooting in Mumbai seven years ago. Prosecutors said Rajan had ordered the hit because he was unhappy about negative articles written about him.

Iran Joins Russia In Banning Telegram
Iran has undertaken one of its most definitive online censorship actions to date, permanently banning Telegram, the overwhelmingly favorite chat app in the country. This is the second time in three weeks that a country where Telegram is extremely popular has banned it.

Irish court rejects Facebook bid to delay EU data privacy case
Ireland’s High Court has refused a request by Facebook to delay referral to Europe’s top court of a landmark privacy case that could strike down legal instruments used by U.S. tech companies to transfer EU users’ data to the United States.

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