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Sep 13, 2016

The Guardian | UK || Media | The Guardian Media Briefing : BBC Loses Bake Off - Plus Facebook and Poldark

MediaGuardian’s top stories

Great British Bake Off moves to Channel 4 as BBC negotiations collapse
ITV’s Victoria holds off BBC’s Poldark to keep Sunday ratings crown
National newspapers deride David Cameron for quitting
ITV2’s Love Island cleared over sex scene
Fireman Sam will not face investigation over character ‘stepping on Qur’an’
BBC Radio 1 faces investigation over swearing in Flume song
Ed Balls: Gordon Brown emailed to congratulate me on Strictly appearance
Swedish appeals court to rule on Julian Assange’s case this week
Amatrice to sue Charlie Hebdo over earthquake cartoons

The big story

Sheryl Sandberg has written to the Norwegian PM
Sheryl Sandberg has written to the Norwegian PM Photograph: Eric Risberg/AP
Will the string of stories about Facebook’s editorial policies (or lack of them) make a difference? First there was last week’s furore over the removal of famous pictures from Vietnam. Now in the space of a day we’ve had a case in Ireland where the company is being sued for not removing nude images of a 14-year-old, the suspension of an activist highlighting racist abuse and the company’s work with the Israeli government to tackle alleged incitement.
Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg has written to the Norwegian prime minister, who had her own post of the Vietnam image and accompanying critique of Facebook’s approach, taken down saying the company would learn from the incident.
We’ve heard that before, but perhaps the sheer weight of incidents and issues will actually make a difference and force Facebook to really address growing demands for it to take more responsibility.

Best of the rest

Stream ripping could pose a new piracy threat
Stream ripping could pose a new piracy threat Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters
Univision’s Isaac Lee answers a lot of questions from Gizmodo about why it removed six posts from Gawker sites
The music industry is facing a new piracy threat, stream ripping from 16- to 24-year-olds, says the FT (£)
Twitter is to expand the length of posts again by excluding media such as photos from its 140-character limits, says the Verge

And finally...

The BBC’s Bake Off debacle prompts a string of overcooked puns this morning – not least from the Sun ...
— SimonNRicketts (@SimonNRicketts) September 12, 2016
“Got enough puns in the headlines?” - “I reckon so.” - “There’s only four. I want FIVE.”