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The business value of BuzzFeed’s journalism is coming into question, and some say BuzzFeed could curtail news to focus on video and entertainment

You might have heard: BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti says BuzzFeed is in the business of news because “it’s good for the world, it’s good for business, and it’s good for our company culture” But did you know: BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti wrote an essay last summer about why BuzzFeed does news, but some are questioning the […]

Facebook says its investigation found no systematic bias in the trending news section, but it can’t rule out unintentional bias

You might have heard: The US Senate Commerce Committee has launched an inquiry into Facebook’s news curation after former news curators said they regularly suppressed conservative news from the site’s trending news section But did you know: Responding to Sen. John Thune’s letter on its trending news section, Facebook says its own investigation found no systematic […]

Tribune Publishing says it will ‘thoroughly review’ Gannett’s revised offer

You might have heard: Gannett increased its offer to buy Tribune Publishing to $15/share, putting the total value of Tribune at $864 million (USA Today) But did you know: After Gannett upped its acquisition offer, Tribune Publishing say it will “thoroughly review” the revised offer. Gannett’s new offer of $15/share is a 99 percent premium over […]

The US Senate Commerce Committee is launching an inquiry into Facebook’s news curation

You might have heard: Former Facebook news curators say they regularly suppressed conservative news from the site’s trending news section But did you know: After Gizmodo reported that former Facebook news curators said they suppressed conservative news from the site’s trending news section, the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg, requesting […]

Former Facebook news curators say they regularly suppressed conservative news from the site’s trending news section

You might have heard: Facebook’s trending news section is controlled by a group of contractors who curate the news, who have a list of “preferred media outlets” they’re encouraged to choose from But did you know: Several former Facebook news curators for the site’s trending news section say they regularly suppressed news stories of interest […]

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