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For a fraction of U.S. adults, Reddit is a go-to news source

Seven percent of adults in the U.S. use Reddit, but 78 percent of those users get their news there, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center. The report, based on a survey and a three-month analysis, shows how Reddit users come to the platform to engage around news. You can view the full report here. Read More
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Reddit to launch its own news site, Upvoted

Ellen Pao, the former CEO of Reddit, walks with her attorney Therese Lawless in February. WIRED Continuing the trend of tech companies seeking to become destinations for news, Reddit on Monday announced that it's developing its own news site called Upvoted that will have a team of about 10 staffers who "find stories on Reddit, verify the details, interview … Read More
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CBS mines vines for One Direction clip, then cites copyright claim to pull it from YouTube

Mashable Reddit After Zayn Malik, one of the members of the English-Irish boy band One Direction, left the band yesterday, CBS aired a montage of fans posting vines weeping about Malik's departure. But as Mashable's Tricia Gilbride pointed out, one of the vines was a fake. Ben Berst, a self-described "comedian, entertainer, and YouTuber," posted a … Read More
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Reddit rolls out embeddable comments in countermove to BuzzFeed

Slate Reddit On Monday, Reddit announced the unveiling of a new feature that could make life for BuzzFeed and Gawker a little more awkward: embeddable comment threads. From now on, if media outlets want to use content from Reddit, they can embed comments from the site's users directly in their stories, just as they have been able to … Read More
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Survey: Readers feel deceived by branded content

Here's our roundup of the top digital and social media stories you should know about (and from Andrew Beaujon, 10 media stories to start your day, and from Kristen Hare, a world roundup): — At Nieman Lab, Alberto Cairo takes data journalism sites Vox and FiveThirtyEight to task for "worrying cracks that may undermine their own core … Read More
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How to get your news site banned from Reddit

I've called Facebook a capricious despot when it comes to how its mystery algorithm dishes out prime News Feed real estate. Figuring out how it favors certain types of content over others can have a major positive impact on your site's traffic. For better or worse, news organizations are dependent on Facebook for an ever larger share of visitors. But Reddit might be even more confusing to news organizations. It's a place where successful posts can expose your content to an international audience of millions and lead to big traffic spikes — but also where human moderators can cut you off for bad behavior or suddenly decide your domain is no longer a good fit for the site's primary news section. The Atlantic has experienced both forms of banishment, barred for a time in 2012 due to overzealous link sharing by its then-social media editor. More recently, the media company's domain has been banned from /r/news, a subreddit that all Reddit users see by default unless they unsubscribe, alongside other major sites like The Huffington Post, Vice and Salon. Content from the sites dropped off severely late last summer. Read More