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Google to Pay More Than $1 Billion in Licensing Agreements with News Publishers

“Google will roll out a new feature called News Showcase, giving publishers the power to choose what content they want to show and how they want it presented.”

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Tech giant Google is going to pay more than $1 billion dollars over the next three years to news publishers in an effort to keep a struggling industry afloat.

The agreement in place gives Google the license to publish news stories from over 200 publishers across the nation and the world, as the news industry continues to try and level off massive advertising revenue losses brought on by the pandemic. The deal was first announced back in June.

Google will roll out a new feature called News Showcase, and as part of the agreement, publishers will have the power to choose what content they want to show and how they want it presented. Some articles that may be behind a paywall on a particular publication’s webpage will be available for free.

News Showcase will first debut in Brazil. There is no timetable for when users in the United States can expect to have access to the new feature.

Google has entered agreements with publishers in Europe, North America, South America and Australia. At first launch, text and photos will be available. Google has stated audio and video will be available at a later date.

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Tomi Lahren: Country Music Has “Woke” Agenda

Lahren said she’s observed drastic changes to country music radio stations which include more pop-themed songs which she said is a departure from what she’s accustomed to. 

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Outkick’s Tomi Lahren is sounding off about the so-called “woke” agenda in country music. Lahren went one-on-one with singer Craig Campbell to discuss what’s different with the industry. 

Lahren said she’s observed drastic changes to country music radio stations which include more pop-themed songs which she said is a departure from what she’s accustomed to. 

“Sometimes you turn on country radio and it doesn’t feel like country radio,” she said. 

“I will one hundred percent agree that the country music definition, country music as a genre, doesn’t have really defined lines,” Campbell said. “You can hear a song on a country radio station and then you hear that same exact version on a pop station.” 

Campbell said that he didn’t understand the tendency for music executives to push country music out as pop music, adding, “I’m not cool with that.” 

“As far as my music is concerned, you will never hear any of my music on a pop station,” he said. 

Lahren noted that country music fans are by and large patriotic but added that sometimes the music industry doesn’t represent America. 

“I agree and that’s part of the reason that I don’t have a record deal, I feel like I work better and not having to ask permission because nine times out of ten when you have to do that you’re going to get shut down,” said Campbell.

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Twitter Has New Policy for Fact Checking Ahead of Midterms

Twitter has released a plan to help combat misinformation and bolster election integrity as the midterm elections are fast approaching.

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The 2022 midterm elections are fast approaching as the summer months are coming to an end. As a result, Twitter has released a plan to help combat misinformation and bolster election integrity.

The company said that as of Tuesday, it would begin heavy enforcement of its Civic Integrity Policy. This policy seeks to fight misleading claims and false news about voting access and election outcomes.

“Twitter is the place to find real-time, reliable information about the 2022 midterms – whether you’re looking for breaking news from reporters, information on voting, or policy positions from candidates,” the company said.

“We aim to enable healthy civic conversation on Twitter while ensuring people have the context they need to make informed decisions about content they encounter.”

Tweets in this category may be flagged with tabs, informing users that the post may include false information. As a result, some posts will not be able to be liked or shared on the outlet.

Furthermore, Twitter will bring back “Prebunks,” first launched in the 2020 election, to assist in preemptively debunking misinformation.

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MSNBC Cancels Pair of Shows on Streaming Platform Peacock

TheWrap reports that the programs hosted by Zerlina Maxwell and Ayman Mohyeldin are heading to cancelation. 

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MSNBC has canceled two shows on NBCUniversal’s streaming platform, Peacock. TheWrap reports that the programs hosted by Zerlina Maxwell and Ayman Mohyeldin are heading to cancelation. 

The two shows are canceled due to the effort to change the programming of the MSNBC hub on Peacock. Both hosts will remain with the network in other roles despite the programs ending.

“MSNBC would like Maxwell, who started at MSNBC in 2018 and is a former campaign aide to Hillary Clinton, to continue her role as an analyst for the network,” TheWrap wrote on Wednesday.

“Similarly, Mohyeldin will remain a host for his weekend prime show on cable and will also continue reporting and serving as a fill-in host for weekday primetime shows.”

The changes will go into effect beginning in September. While the two shows are now off Peacock, it is unknown what else the network intends to shift in this movement.

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