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.
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.
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.
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.
Subhed: “Writer disavows responsibility for Sunday’s attack, but passed explosive allegations along.”
While fake news appears to have been mostly directed at Donald Trump supporters and other conservatives, those same people are trying to turn the “fake news” phrase into a weapon against the mainstream media.
Subhed: “Journalists are blurring several problems into one—and making it impossible to solve.” The solution lies in limiting the definition of fake news.
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.”
Snapchat doesn’t have the audience reach of Facebook (although it’s bigger than Twitter), but it does have certain key advantages when it comes to keeping fake news off its app.