BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith told his staff yesterday about a new slogan for BuzzFeed News, "Reporting to You." His all-hands email makes an implicit contrast with the stentorian marketing of the N.Y. Times and WashPost:

"This is a moment when people are more concerned about the state of news than they've ever been. That's inspired some our competitors to launch campaigns that stress that they have earned trust over many decades, and that appeal to people's nostalgia for a simpler media age dominated by trusted gatekeepers. These outlets are doing spectacular work, by the way, and there's nothing wrong with their leaning on well-earned reputations. But that isn't us. We were born of this very chaotic new ecosystem, and our opportunity is to serve a huge audience through it, not by retreating from it. ... We speak the native language — whether English or Portuguese — of the web, in text and video. ... We are committed to sharing what we know with our audience, from being clear about corrections to sharing documents with our audience, including the famous dossier. We are... testing some technical features aimed at getting even more feedback from our audience on what they want reporting on."

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Apple's antitrust fight turns Epic

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Millions of angry gamers may soon join the chorus of voices calling for an antitrust crackdown on Apple, as the iPhone giant faces a new lawsuit and PR blitz from Epic Games, maker of mega-hit Fortnite.

Why it matters: Apple is one of several Big Tech firms accused of violating the spirit, if not the letter, of antitrust law. A high-profile lawsuit could become a roadmap for either building a case against tech titans under existing antitrust laws or writing new ones better suited to the digital economy.

Survey: Fears grow about Social Security’s future

Data: AARP survey of 1,441 U.S. adults conducted July 14–27, 2020 a ±3.4% margin of error at the 95% confidence level; Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios

Younger Americans are increasingly concerned that Social Security won't be enough to wholly fall back on once they retire, according to a survey conducted by AARP — in honor of today's 85th anniversary of the program — given first to Axios.

Why it matters: Young people's concerns about financial insecurity once they're on a restricted income are rising — and that generation is worried the program, which currently pays out to 65 million beneficiaries, won't be enough to sustain them.

Axios-SurveyMonkey poll: Doubts over fair election results

SurveyMonkey poll of 2,847 U.S. adults conducted Aug. 11–12, 2020 with ±3% margin of error; Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios

One in four Americans is worried their ballot won't be accurately counted this year, and four in 10 worry mail-in voting could yield less reliable results, according to a new Axios-SurveyMonkey poll.

The big picture: Partisan identification is a massive driver of distrust in both categories — and the stakes are huge this year.