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💡 WEEKEND NEWS. Semafor’s climate vertical is «under Chevron». China’s spam to hide information about COVID protests. New Zealand is like Australia and Canada. Twitter reinstated the account of neo-Nazi.

😉 Semafor‘s climate and energy editor Bill Spindle left last week, citing the outlet’s «over-dependence on Chevron advertising». But he is still on the website as an editor / The Wrap

💰 New Zealand plans to introduce legislation requiring companies like Meta and Google to pay local publishers for news, modeled after laws in Australia and Canada / Reuters

🤷‍♂️ Justin Smith says Sam Bankman-Fried doesn’t hold shares of Semafor, but if his interest converts to equity, he’ll have a single-digit minority stake / Justin Smith

🚫 China is flooding social media with spam to crowd out protest news. And network of bot accounts also hijacking hashtags in large-scale attempt to obscure coverage / Guardian

Twitter downfall:

📉 Twitter’s US ad revenue was 80% below internal expectations for the week of the World Cup’s Nov. 20 start, as Twitter keeps missing weekly ad targets / NYT

🆘 Twitter reinstated the account of Andrew Anglin, the neo-Nazi who founded the white supremacist website The Daily Stormer, after originally banning him in 2013 / HuffPost

🤡 Elon Musk blasted the New York Times Saturday for its refusal to cover the ongoing firestorm over political censorship at Twitter — damning the newspaper as a “lobbying firm for far-left politicians” / NY Post