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Threads Content Moderation Policy Questioned By Lawmakers

The request is connected to an ongoing investigation into tech platforms’ policies and their interactions with the Biden administration.

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House Judiciary Chair Jim Jordan (R-OH) wrote to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg seeking documents on Threads’ content moderation. The request is connected to an ongoing investigation into tech platforms’ policies and their interactions with the Biden administration.

CNBC obtained the letter, highlighting increased scrutiny on Threads in Washington. Threads competes with Twitter, criticized for suspending users, including journalists, despite Elon Musk advocating for free speech.

While Meta aims to avoid news and politics dominating Threads, Twitter historically focused on these topics. This may subject Threads to political examination whether the company wants it or not.

Jordan referred to a Wall Street Journal article that exposed the Federal Trade Commission’s request for Twitter’s internal communications on Musk. Jordan referenced the Federal Trade Commission’s request for Twitter’s internal communications and journalists’ identification. It was part of an investigation into consumer data protection.

Jordan mentioned reports of Threads enforcing “Instagram’s community guidelines,” resulting in lawful speech moderation under government pressure. He cited a lawsuit by Missouri and Louisiana attorneys general alleging suppression of speech related to Covid-19 and elections.

Following these concerns, a Louisiana judge partially granted an injunction barring officials from influencing social media post removal. However, an appeals court temporarily paused the injunction, allowing Biden administration officials to continue the same practices.

Jordan confirmed the February 15 subpoena to Amazon, Apple, Google, Meta, and Microsoft applies to Threads. He requested Meta preserve relevant documents on content moderation and discussions with the Biden administration by the end of July.

Meta has not commented on the matter yet.

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CBS News Adds New Roles, Duties for Editorial Leaders

CBS News president Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews announced on Thursday the various changes.

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On Thursday, Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews, the recently appointed president of CBS News, revealed several changes to the editorial leadership.

Terri Stewart is now the senior vice president of domestic newsgathering at CBS News. Furthermore, Stewart will oversee the domestic bureaus and manage bookings. Kaci Sokoloff will support her in this role.

Shuffling doesn’t stop there. London bureau chief Andrew Roy now oversees all CBS News international bureaus. Jose Diaz, who leads the network’s foreign desk, will now report to Roy.

David Reiter’s team at CBS News will extend their role to cover significant reporting beats beyond Washington, D.C. They will work with CBS Stations and the Innovation Lab to find prospects for joint national and local news coverage and continue producing special events programming.

Additionally, Kate Zuckerman was promoted to VP of affiliate relations and special events planning. Beth Boyle was elevated to national and planning editor, overseeing editorial content and managing desk operations.

CBS is adding two political investigative producers, led by Matt Mosk, to its growing investigative team. The group will now be incorporated into the Washington D.C. Bureau and report straight to bureau chief Mark Lima.

Finally, Ciprian-Matthews notified staff that the network is hiring an Executive Producer of Daily News.

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Experts ‘Don’t See a Buyer’ for ABC

Sources close to the situation say Nexstar isn’t in a good place to pay what Disney would probably demand for ABC.

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Last week, The Walt Disney Company found themselves in the news after a report surfaced noting that they could be looking to offload ABC. Bloomberg revealed that Nexstar Media Group had initial talks with Disney to acquire the television station.

Furthermore, media mogul Byron Allen has offered $10 billion to buy ABC. Still, despite the rumors of a possible sale, various insiders tell The New York Post that they don’t believe Disney will be offloading ABC.

Sources close to the situation told the Post that Nexstar isn’t in a good place to pay what Disney would probably demand for ABC.

“Everyone is way ahead of their skis on this story,” a banker told the Post. “They don’t know what is happening here. Disney taking a meeting doesn’t mean you’re ready to sell, it means you’re getting offers. This is something evolving over many weeks.”

Disney CEO Bob Iger announced in June that legacy television assets, such as ABC, may not be deemed core assets for the company going forward. Nevertheless, some cynics noticed it as Iger inviting a deep-pocketed bidder to come forward. Thus far, none have emerged.

“He told the world if someone wants to put a really big number on these assets he will sell,” a second banker told the Post. “I just don’t see a buyer.”

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SiriusXM CEO: New Streaming App to ‘Enhance’ Subscription Value

Witz shared the company’s planned launch of a next-generation streaming app later this year to draw younger, more diverse audiences and deliver improved search suggestions and other elements.

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SiriusXM aims to increase listenership beyond cars and enhance channel personalization and mobility.

Last month, it was revealed that Suzi Watford was tasked with constructing what she anointed the “next-gen SiriusXM” for its 34 million paying subscribers, helping it reach listeners outside the car.

Recently, CEO Jennifer Witz shared an update on how the process is going for SiriusXM in their efforts to reach listeners on different platforms during a webcast session at the recent Bank of America Securities Media, Communications, and Entertainment Conference.

“It’s really about how do we continue to enhance the value of our subscriptions and [showcase] this tremendously valuable set of content that really speaks to every audio genre,” Witz said. 

Witz shared the company’s planned launch of a next-generation streaming app later this year to draw younger, more diverse audiences and deliver improved search suggestions and other elements.

“The biggest gap we found is being able to get consumers into the content they love,” Witz added. “In the car, it’s been very much about turning the dial or hearing the on-air promotion, or get the email and then go find the content.

“We’re going to be able to make it much easier for our in-car subscribers to carry their listening forward into streaming devices, and vice versa, in a very seamless way. So ultimately, I think it’s not going to be about streaming subscribers or in-car subscribers, but really just about subscribers, because we’re pretty indifferent as to how they listen or where they listen.”

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