President Trump has imposed new travel restrictions on immigrants from seven countries: Starting next month, citizens of Chad, Iran, North Korea, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen will be indefinitely banned from entering the United States; citizens of Iraq and Venezuela will also face heightened scrutiny. It’s a revision of Trump’s March attempt at an executive order, which drew sharp opposition from Silicon Valley, including legal challenges supported by Facebook, Google and Microsoft, which argued that it was discriminatory and unlawful. [Tony Romm / Recode]
Professional athletes responded to Trump’s Twitter trolling. LeBron James’ “u bum” tweet has more than 1.4 million likes, and hundreds of NFL players knelt or sat during the national anthem. Three teams skipped the anthem entirely. [Peter King / Sports Illustrated]
Then-President Barack Obama made a personal appeal to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to take the threat of fake news and political disinformation seriously. Their Nov. 19 conversation came nine days after Zuckerberg dismissed as “crazy” the notion that fake news on the social network played a key role in the U.S. presidential election. [The Washington Post]
Twitter sold enough ads to support its whole pilot slate of streaming shows and features. In a May pitch to advertisers, Twitter showed off 16 live shows — including shows from MLB, BuzzFeed and LiveNation — and its push to video attracted enough ad support to get the green light. The “regular” fall TV season kicks off this week — here’s why Facebook, Google and Amazon (and you) still care. [Kurt Wagner / Recode]
Mattress startup Casper went to war with a popular mattress reviews site — and then financed its takeover. Claiming false advertising and deceptive practices that favored its competitors, Casper had sued three popular review sites, all of whom settled their suits; then Casper provided a loan to one of them, Sleepopolis, to acquire it from previous owners. [Jason Del Rey / Recode]
A backlash against the push for gender equality in tech is growing among some men, who see it as a “witch hunt.” As Silicon Valley reels from a series of high-profile sexual harassment and discrimination scandals — and their consequences, some men in tech have started identifying as “contrarians” who do not follow the “diversity dogma.” [Nellie Bowles / The New York Times]
Known for their coverage of Donald Trump’s campaign and the White House, New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman and Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold talk with Kara Swisher on the Recode Decode podcast about how they accidentally became Trump reporters and how they, as journalists, use Twitter — which Haberman calls “the anger video game.” [Eric Johnson / Recode]
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