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In wake of New Zealand mosque mass shooting, Facebook announces new policy on banning users from Facebook Live video streaming. CNN looks at President Trump’s promotion of a lesser-known right-wing cable news channel. BuzzFeed reports on online disinformation campaign that impersonated major media outlets. -Dru Menaker, Chief Operating Officer

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


Facebook Changes Livestream Rules after New Zealand Shooting
People who break Facebook’s “most serious policies” will be immediately banned from using Facebook Live for a period of time, such as 30 days. Facebook did not specify all the rules that it will use to enforce the new one-strike approach, but pointed to current community standards that prohibit spreading terrorist propaganda on the social network.

The Cable Network That Is Foxier Than Fox—and That Trump Is Promoting
For One America News Network, being seen as pro-Trump is a key part of the business model. For example, the channel advertises commercial-free coverage of every single Trump rally—and sometimes shows the warm-up speakers as well. It wants recognition from Trump in exchange. And he delivers.

An Iranian Disinformation Operation Impersonated Dozens of Media Outlets to Spread Fake Articles
An ambitious online disinformation campaign that impersonated major media outlets, used fake Twitter accounts to spread false articles, and targeted real journalists is likely linked to Iran, according to researchers who tracked it for close to two years.

One News Anchor Decided to Put More Women on Air. Now His Idea Has Gone Global.
Five hundred coverage and programming teams at the BBC are participating in the effort known as “50:50,” to achieve equal representation of men and women commenting on or conveying the news. Harvard’s Kennedy School and London Business School are studying it. And 20 other media companies are trying it out, including Australia’s ABC, the Financial Times, Fortune magazine, and MSNBC.


Tanzania Was East Africa’s Strongest Democracy. Then Came ‘The Bulldozer.’
A troubling pattern has set in: In its three and a half years in power, John Magufuli’s government has jailed rival politicians, pop stars, and journalists; prevented teenage mothers from returning to school; and threatened mass arrests of LGBTQ citizens. New regulations severely restrict social-media critics and criminalize the publication of data not endorsed by the government.

NBA Showdown Starring a Turk Won’t Be on Turkish TV
Turkish basketball player Enes Kanter’s Portland Trail Blazers reached the NBA’s Western Conference finals, which started Tuesday, but for the first time the series will not be widely televised in Turkey, where he is accused of having terrorist links.

Tajik Students, Educators Claim They’re Pressured to ‘Troll’ Government Critics
University students, officials, and lecturers in Tajikistan are being pressured by the state to serve as online trolls to counter opposition figures and other government critics, according to documents and personal testimonies.

Opinion: Who’s Afraid of China’s Internet Vigilantes?
“The growing silence on social media when it comes to sensitive public issues is deafening. Most of us now refrain from posting things that are potentially controversial. That’s in part because of tightened censorship. But it’s also because of a phenomenon called … ‘human flesh search’—the deliberate marshaling of the forces of the internet against those deemed harmful to the public good.”

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