Explaining Section 230

Here’s a look at what Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is, and the practical implications of the loss of its protections would have for online services. The implications include the potential for even greater censorship by these platforms of what is being posted online — seemingly the opposite of the intent of the Executive Order triggered by the perceived limitations imposed on tweets of the president and on the social media posts of other conservative commentators.

WSVN Producer Released From Jail After Being Arrested While Covering Protests

Roku Channel Adds 100 Live Linear Channels

Roku, a leader in the on-demand streaming world, is adding more than 100 free live and linear channels to The Roku Channel and has created a channel guide to help viewers find what they want to watch. The change, starting Monday evening, comes at a time when streaming viewing is up, particularly news viewing amid a pandemic and rioting.

BRAND CONNECTIONS

Pandemic Doesn’t Slow CBS’s Local OTT Rollout

CBS Local Digital has continued to spin up new OTT channels despite the coronavirus-prompted remote working shift. Executives say months of close collaboration between CBSN, the network’s streaming arm, and CBS Television Stations’ digital team allowed the group to stay on its charted course.

Trump’s Push To Regulate Social Media Faces Uphill Battle At FCC

COMMENTARY

Trump Echoes Nixon In Targeting Twitter

Preston Padden: “In Nixon’s railing against the liberal bias of the networks, one can almost hear Mr. Trump railing against social-media companies.”

WWE Launches No-Cost, Ad-Free Streamer

World Wrestling Entertainment announced Monday a free – and commercial-free – version of its streaming network, with access to over 15,000 titles. The service will offer recent episodes of programs such as Monday Night Raw, Friday Night SmackDown and NXT, along with legacy pay-per-view programming and matches from the wrestling powerhouses’s Raw Talk, Monday Night War and Ride Along. Fans will also get free access to weekly highlights including Top 10 and The Best of WWE.

HBO Max Ranks No. 1 In Apple TV App Store

Marketers Bring Antitrust Suit Against Google

Three online advertisers are suing Google for allegedly violating antitrust laws by monopolizing digital advertising markets. “Google leveraged its stranglehold on online search and search advertising to gain an illegal monopoly in brokering display advertising on other companies’ websites,” the marketers allege in a class-action complaint filed last week in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

‘Carol Burnett Show’ Makes Streaming Debut

Starting today, all 11 seasons of the fabled comedy/variety show, which aired on CBS  from 1967 to 1978, will stream on shoutfactorytv.com, Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV and Android apps.

Facebook Employees Rebel Over Mark Zuckerberg’s Refusal To Act Against Trump

NBC O&Os Launch Multiplatform ‘LX News’

The new show will air live Monday to Friday at 8-10 a.m. and 8-10 p.m. ET via over-the-air TV, cable and OTT/streaming, offering “context” to its targeted audience of millennials and Gen Z-ers.

Talking TV: Cox’s New CEO, Trump’s Twitter War

Michael Depp and Harry Jessell discuss Cox’s appointment of Dan York as Cox’s new chief and Jessell’s forthcoming interview with Cox Executive Chairman Steve Pruett. They also tackle the president’s executive order threatening to take away immunity from social platforms if they tag content or go too far in regulating it.

‘Young Sheldon’ To Stream On HBO Max

The series will join its flagship, Big Bang Theory, on the WarnerMedia-backed streamer.

What Journalists Should Know About Communications Decency Act Section 230

Do you have the “right” to post to social media? Why does Section 230 exist? Can social media sites flag or ban politicians’ comments?

Fox O&Os Create ‘Pop-Up’ Pandemic Channel

TheCoronavirusNow website went live on March 10. It was a quick launch triggered by a brainstorming session among senior Fox Stations executives late in February. CoronavirusNow, a lesson in rapid innovation, is an online aggregation site that combines content from 18 owned stations and other company assets (such as Fox Business). But unusually, there are also multiple links to stories from other sources — not just agencies like the AP or Reuters but organizations like NPR and the BBC.

Comcast, Charter, ViacomCBS Join Forces

Three of the nation’s largest pay-TV companies are taking joint ownership of Blockgraph, a platform designed to make it easier for brands to harness data to serve targeted ads to people watching cable TV, a move that comes as cost-pressured ad buyers are increasingly turning to targeted advertising.

The President Versus The Mods

President Trump’s taking aim at Twitter for fact-checking his tweets is part of a long tradition upheld by aggrieved internet trolls. The stakes are high.

 

Officials Weigh In On Trump’s Draft Of Social Media Order

Twitter Adds ‘Glorifying Violence’ Warning To Trump Tweet

Trump, a prolific Twitter user, has been at war with the company since earlier this week, when it applied fact checks to two of his tweets about mail-in ballots. The third tweet to be flagged started as a message of support for the governor of Minnesota, where there have been three days of violent protest

NEWS ANALYSIS

Trump’s Social Media Order Could Harm One Person in Particular: Trump

Without certain liability protections, companies like Twitter would have to be more aggressive about policing messages that press the boundaries — like the president’s.

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Trump Wants FCC To Join Twitter Crackdown

The president today signed an executive order targeting Twitter and other social media. It comprises several directives, including one calling on the FCC to establish rules that would limit how far social media can go in tagging and censoring user content before risking the immunity they now have from libel and other civil actions arising from user content. Above, the president holds up a copy of the New York Post before signing the order.

Tegna Verify And WUSA Launching Coronavirus Project

Tegna’s Verify team along with a medical professional has scheduled a live AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit today at 6 p.m. ET, in the r/Coronavirus subreddit, which has more than 2 million followers. This is the first time it is integrating an AMA with one of its broadcast programs. The Q and A, WUSA […]

Zuckerberg Distances Facebook From Twitter

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg distanced his company from Twitter and its fight with President Donald Trump, as the White House readied an executive order about social media companies. Trump, who accuses social media firms of bias against conservatives, without evidence, stepped up his attacks on Twitter after the company put a fact-checking label on two of his tweets about mail-in ballots on Tuesday for the first time.

Quibi Appealing To Older Female Demo, Rejiggers Programming Slate

Digital Ad Prices Hurt By COVID-19 Pandemic

Digital ad revenue rose 12% to $31.4 billion in the first quarter, with revenue starting to decline in March because of the Coronavirus outbreak, according to the Internet Advertising Bureau. With businesses closed and demand down by the pandemic, publishers are getting lower digital ad prices with the biggest impact coming in display advertising, which is down 30% on a cost-per-thousand viewers basis, the IAB said based on a survey of digital ad sales executives.

Trump Moving To Crack Down On Social Media

The Trump administration is preparing an executive order intended to curtail the legal protections that shield social media companies from liability for what gets posted on their platforms, two senior administration officials said early Thursday. Such an order, which officials said was still being drafted and was subject to change, would make it easier for federal regulators to argue that companies like Facebook, Google, YouTube and Twitter are suppressing free speech when they move to suspend users or delete posts, among other examples. It’s almost certain to face a court challenge.

SpotX Brings Measurement, Attribution Suite To CTV Ad Inventory

SpotX, a global video advertising platform, has expanded its Measurement and Attribution Suite. The offering provides advertisers the ability to accurately attribute ad spend across video channels including connected TV (CTV) and is the most robust in-market for video. “By uncovering valuable audience reach metrics like brand lift, incremental reach and frequency, and outcome-based measurement, […]

HBO Max Sets Distribution Deal With Comcast

HBO Max has cleared one of the last remaining distribution hurdles in its streaming rollout, announcing a distribution deal with Comcast, the No. 1 U.S. cable provider. The deal makes HBO Max, which launched earlier Wednesday, available to customers of Comcast’s Xfinity X1 video package and Flex, a broadband video offering that is free for Comcast subscribers.

Trump Lashes Out At Twitter Fact-Checking

President Donald Trump on Tuesday accused Twitter of “interfering” in the 2020 election after it fact-checked two of his tweets pushing conspiracies about voting by mail.