News organizations are not being transparent. They use ad technology that tracks users, delivers malware and is obtrusive. "And as readers wise up to the risks and annoyances posed by this stuff and install ad blocking technology, we move to a 'sponsored content' advertising model whose very success is based on the fact that most readers don’t know it’s advertising."
'...An increasing part of newspapers’ business model-in-transition is based on deceiving customers'
Beck believes Zuckerberg
Glenn Beck was among those who met with Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to discuss issues with the platform and conservative news and views. Beck was impressed. "Beck writes that he believes Zuckerberg when the Facebook founder says he wants the social network to be an open place. He reserved his criticism for his conservative counterparts, who arrived at Facebook with a list of demands, prompting him to ask 'What happened to us?'"
Lawyers in Rolling Stone lawsuit file new evidence that ‘Jackie’ created fake persona
Email records point to a "catfishing" scam that hookwinked Rolling Stone.
The real bias built in at Facebook
The real problem is in the algorithm, not in the "trivial" trending topics, argues Zeynep Tufekci.
Report: Arianna Huffington is hunting for a leaker
According to sources at HuffPost, Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington is on the lookout for an employee who told The Washington Post about a "troubling email" related to the site's coverage of Uber. The Huffington Post denies it.
NPR ombudsman weighs in on transgender bathroom coverage
"...as with any fast-moving story, particularly one in which strongly felt social and religious values meet up with legal freedoms and protections, NPR has not gotten everything right for every listener and reader."
Los Angeles Times music critic booted amid "accusations of expense-account shenanigans"
Sasha Frere-Jones, the hire-profile music critic who joined the Los Angeles Times from Genius, is now out amid questions of abusing his expense account. "According to a person with knowledge of the situation, Frere-Jones recently filed a $5,000 expense report for a venue that the paper discovered was actually a strip club."
'Family Guy' creator on Internet news
He tweeted this Sunday night: "O Heavenly God, please save our country from editor-free online journalism, thank you, much obliged."
Washington Post denies Jeff Bezos sways coverage
State Department blames 'glitch' for editing out reporter's question
"Either this is the most fantastic, once-in-a-lifetime, surgical, white-flashing, history-expunging glitch, or it’s the most Mickey Mouse, ineffective government conspiracy of all time."
The dark side of data journalism
People are using ProPublica's database to find doctors who will give them painkillers, no questions asked.
Bloomberg gave $362,000 to keep Britain in European Union
"Media giant Bloomberg gave $361,675 to the campaign fighting to keep Britain in the European Union, according to a watchdog that regulates election financing."
The Senate is following up with Facebook
Gizmodo's report Monday that Facebook suppressed conservative news is being followed with news Tuesday that the US Senate Commerce Committee has sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg requesting some answers. "The letter asks that Facebook 'arrange for your staff including employees responsible for trending topics to brief committee staff on this issue.'”