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Murdoch threats pushed Zuckerberg to reexamine news business

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Mark Zuckerberg at the 2016 Allen & Company conference in Sun Valley, Idaho. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Rupert Murdoch and a top lieutenant threatened Mark Zuckerberg in 2016 over Facebook’s treatment of the news industry, one of several events reported for the first time in a new Wired cover story from Nick Thompson and Fred Vogelstein about how the company came to face a global fracas over its role in society.

The bottom line: Wired’s Thompson and Vogelstein paint a picture of how each Facebook controversy over the last two years — from a blow up among conservatives to outraged publishers — compounded to put the world’s largest social network on the defensive. [Go deeper: Inside the Two Years that Shook Facebook]