Why Vice’s new CEO thinks Vice’s former, ousted CEO doesn’t get enough credit

Vice Media CEO Nancy Dubuc | Tori Stolper for Vox Media “No one knows the brand better than he does.” Vice’s old CEO, Shane Smith, is a scandal-plagued figure in media circles. But Vice’s new CEO Nancy Dubuc doesn’t think he gets enough respect. Dubuc took over as CEO in early 2018 after reports emerged of a rampant frat-boy culture at the media company that caters to millennials who are turned off by traditional old-guard…

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Sports Illustrated’s new bosses defend why they bought a brand and not a company

James Heckman and Ross Levinsohn have a really hard sell. | Tori Stolper for Vox Media Speaking at Code Media, they tried to spin massive layoffs as better business. “We bought the brand Sports Illustrated; we didn’t buy the company,” Maven Media founder and CEO James Heckman told the Code Media audience in Los Angeles about the company’s highly controversial purchase and restructuring of the venerated sports publication earlier this year. He also didn’t buy…

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Facebook still isn’t clear about why it won’t take down false political ads

Carolyn Everson, vice president of global marketing solutions at Facebook, onstage at the 2019 Code Media conference in Los Angeles. | Tori Stolper for Vox Media At Code Media on Monday, a vice president at Facebook said the company can’t legally take down political ads. Soon after, Facebook walked those comments back. Facebook has come under heavy scrutiny in recent months over its political ads policy that allows politicians to lie in ads. On Monday,…

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Vox Sentences: Vap ban’s up in smoke

Jose Luis Magana/AFP/Getty Images Trump reverses course on flavored vape ban; documents detail the disappearing of China’s Muslims. Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the Vox Sentences archive for past editions. Trump administration’s vape ban dissipates President Trump is backing away from his initial support for implementing a flavored vape ban. [Washington…

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Facebook says it legally can’t take down political ads. That’s not true.

Carolyn Everson, vice president of global marketing solutions at Facebook, onstage at the 2019 Code Media conference in Los Angeles. | Tori Stolper for Vox Media Facebook is not getting better at answering questions about its political ads policy — or a lot of other political matters. Facebook has come under heavy scrutiny in recent months over its political ads policy that allows politicians to lie in ads. On Monday, one of Facebook’s top marketers…

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Pound US dollar exchange rate rises, all Tory candidates back Boris Johnson’s Brexit Deal

The pound US dollar exchange rate has edged higher today, with the pairing currently trading around $1.296. Sterling rose following news that all Conservative candidates in the December 12 general election are backing Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal. The pound US dollar exchange rate has edged higher today, with the pairing currently trading around $1.296. Sterling rose following news that all Conservative candidates in the December 12 general election are backing Prime Minister Boris…

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