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Instead of taking 30% of new subscribers’ payments, it’ll take 15%. The money’s welcome, but it’s also a reminder of how little control publishers have over the terms they get from tech giants.
Facebook may defend its actions on the grounds of user privacy, but its real concern is losing control of how the company is scrutinized.
“The economic problem for journalism was not competition, in other words, but surveillance and monopoly.”
Data from Germany finds that Apple Podcasts users devote about 23 percent of their podcast listening to news shows — versus just 8 percent for Spotify users.
Republicans and Democrats are (surprisingly!) teaming up to help news organizations negotiate with the tech giants. But it’s unlikely to have a substantial impact on the dysfunctional relationship between publishers and platforms.
“For some [publishers], this program will be a way to get a check. Some of them are going to pick up some ideas and tips and that’s the end of it. For some of them, it’s truly transformational in how they operate.”
“What are the implications of this weaponization for news organizations in terms of audience engagement and community-building work?”
Like News Corp with Knewz, it’s trying to build its own platform for news, using its own content and work from other news organizations, to compete with the tech giants. “I am not in danger, Skyler. I am the danger.”
“Instead of thinking about platform companies as the next generation of newspapers, radio stations, or TV channels, we should see them as entirely new entities that shapeshift constantly. Sometimes they are like cities, newsrooms, post offices, libraries, or utilities — but they are always like advertising firms.”