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Under fire for handling of personal data, Facebook says it will offer centralized system for users to control their privacy and security settings, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg now seems likely to testify before Congress in April. The New York Times looks at how the publishing industry is responding to #MeToo sexual harassment accusations involving authors. The brother of a murdered Democratic National Committee staffer is suing conservative media figures and outlets for defamation for spreading false claims about the case. Stormy Daniels’ attorney files motion seeking to depose President Trump and his lawyer about hush agreement. -Dru Menaker, Chief Operating Officer

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


Facebook Introduces Central Page for Privacy and Security Settings
The system, which will be introduced to Facebook users globally over the coming weeks, will allow people to change their privacy and security settings from one place rather than roughly 20 separate sections.

Mark Zuckerberg agrees to testify before Congress over data scandal
Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to testify before the United States Congress in the wake of a data harvesting scandal that has sent the company’s share price tumbling and prompted numerous investigations and lawsuits.

Canceled Deals and Pulped Books, as the Publishing Industry Confronts Sexual Harassment
The list of prominent authors mired in harassment scandals has grown in recent months, and now includes best-selling children’s book authors, prominent political journalists, and a National Book Award-winning novelist.

Brother of slain DNC staffer Seth Rich sues right-wing activists, newspaper over conspiracy theories
The brother of Seth Rich—the DNC staffer whose unsolved murder has fueled far-right conspiracy theories—has sued the Washington Times and individual activists, claiming they exploited the tragedy to “advance” their political agendas.

Stormy Daniels’ lawyer files motion to depose Trump, lawyer Michael Cohen
The move comes amid a lawsuit against Trump, alleging that he never signed a nondisclosure agreement that his lawyer had arranged with Daniels, and just days after an interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes” in which she detailed an alleged affair with the married mogul and claimed she was threatened in 2011 if she went public.


Cambridge Analytica Whistle-Blower Contends Data-Mining Swung Brexit Vote
The whistle-blower Christopher Wylie made a number of jaw-dropping assertions yesterday, most significantly that the company’s exploitation of personal data had swung the results of Britain’s 2016 referendum on leaving the European Union. He also suggested that his predecessor at Cambridge Analytica was murdered.

Lawyers for Reuters reporters ask Myanmar court to dismiss case
Lawyers for two Reuters reporters jailed in Myanmar asked a court to throw out the case, saying there was insufficient evidence to support charges against the pair, who are accused of possessing secret government papers.

Unidentified men abduct tribal journalist Shah Zaman Mehsud
Tribal journalist Shah Zaman Mehsud from Tank area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was abducted from his house, his brother Ismail Mehsud confirmed to the media. Shah Zaman was associated with a Karachi-based newspaper. He was also arrested by the security forces a few months ago and later released after a formal investigation.

Dozens of Iraqi journalists enter parliamentary race
A record 30 Iraqi journalists and media figures have entered the political arena and presented their candidacies for the May 12 parliamentary elections, joining a variety of blocs and lists.

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