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‘How Mark Zuckerberg could really fix journalism’

Journalism academic Emily Bell peruses Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s recent manifesto and offers some thoughts on what his company could do to really fix journalism.

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Wed, February 22 2017 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

Facebook’s next phase further threatens journalism

Craigslist started the unbundling process of separating services from news that helped lead to journalism’s precarious financial situation today. Facebook’s new strategy will make things worse.

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Sat, February 18 2017 » Main Page, Media » No Comments

Facebook Live losing steam

Once upon a time, it appeared Facebook Live would be the next big thing. But it now seems to be a wave that has already crested.

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Tue, January 17 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Facebook Live losing steam

Canadian media leaders want money from Google, Facebook

The lede: “Tax changes, better copyright protection and fees imposed on Facebook and Google are among the solutions being touted to help rescue Canada’s ailing news industry, internal reports show.”

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Wed, January 11 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Canadian media leaders want money from Google, Facebook

Facebook knows more about you than it’s saying

Facebook collects lots of seemingly public information about its users — where they went to school, their home town — and so on. But they drill much, much deeper into individual users’ lives than the “social network” lets on.

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Tue, December 27 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Facebook knows more about you than it’s saying

Twitter losing its wings relative to other social platforms

Some people once referred to Twitter as the new telegraph. But relative to Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, its star has considerably dimmed with digital publishers.

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Thu, December 8 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Twitter losing its wings relative to other social platforms

Most Americans believe fake news, research finds

Subhed: “An exclusive Ipsos poll conducted for BuzzFeed News found that 75 per cent of American adults who were familiar with a fake news headline viewed the story as accurate.”

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Tue, December 6 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Most Americans believe fake news, research finds

Cool the moral panic over fake news

Contrarian columnist Jack Shafer thinks we need to ease the moral panic over fake news. For one thing, he believes some of the cures may end up worse than the disease.

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Tue, November 22 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Cool the moral panic over fake news

A day inside a pro-Trump fake news site

The creators of LibertyWritersNews.com know their audience loves U.S. president-elect Donald Trump and hates President Barack Obama. So they give them what they want.

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Sun, November 20 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on A day inside a pro-Trump fake news site

Demand the real problem with fake news

Columnist Tabatha Southey said what made the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign a post-truth election is that people were indifferent to whether they were being lied to or not. In any event, fighting fake news on a platform like Facebook is more difficult than it seems.

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Sat, November 19 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Demand the real problem with fake news