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A giant potential audience isn’t good enough on its own anymore: “It’s time to re-examine all of our relationships with the big platforms.”
Plus: A look at COVID-19 misinformation in Black online communities, and how conservative media may have made the pandemic worse.
Google and Facebook are happy to pay for news — as long as it’s on their terms.
“You want to move your business and your model to the place on the media chessboard where the dollars are going to be going” — the TV money that will follow audiences to streaming.
Plus: A new public health program is looking for a “silent majority” to debunk vaccine misinformation on social media.
Facebook and Google argue that the value they derive from news content is marginal and they don’t believe they should be responsible for funding it.
On June 10, the most popular stories across Facebook were all NASCAR banning Confederate flags and Blue Lives Matter (with a sprinkling of dead kids). Over in Facebook News, though, things were different.
A new round of consolidation could kill off half of what were the major U.S. newspaper chains just a few months ago. But the possibility of platform cash is sparking hope.
“The economic problem for journalism was not competition, in other words, but surveillance and monopoly.”
Losing the chance to gather together to swap stories and ideas is very low on the list of the virus’ negative effects, of course. But it’s a harbinger of the sort of disruption that could be coming on a larger scale.