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“To call something the most popular podcast might seem a little like identifying the tallest leprechaun,” David Carr wrote in 2014.
“One of the recent shifts in podcasting has been the introduction of paywalls and exclusive content. It has since become a standard feature of the medium.”
A new beta version would add significant friction to forwarding messages more than once — the latest in a line of structural changes meant to reduce how often misinformation goes viral.
Many Russians, in light of the Kremlin’s crackdown of independent media, are also turning to the messaging app for information.
“You could spend hours a day on our home page and read seemingly everything that our newsroom produces and not come across much of our audio. That has increasingly felt odd to us.”
Lokal, a location-based community information app in India, experimented with monetizing shoutouts and hyperlocal classified ads. It earned them $60,000 in March.
The account, started by a 24-year-old special projects editor, uses a combination of partner footage, original reporting, and tongue-in-cheek humor to deliver news.