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‘What YouTube taught me about Facebook Live and violent footage’

While working for YouTube, Hunter Walk says protests in the Middle East and eventually Arab Spring forced YouTube to think about questions of “newsworthiness” for content that would otherwise violate YouTube’s terms of use — a situation similar to the one Facebook is facing around live video right now. Walk writes YouTube eventually decided human […]

The Wall Street Journal isn’t striking any deals with Facebook because it doesn’t believe ‘panic and pandering is a strategy’

You might have heard: Publishers are increasingly partnering with Facebook for ventures such as Instant Articles and live video, but those partnerships come with considerable risks But did you know: In contrast to other news outlets, The Wall Street Journal appears to be more cautious when it comes to partnerships with Facebook. It hasn’t made […]

Publishers believe they could lose 5 to 10 percent of Facebook referrals from the latest algorithm changes

You might have heard: Last week, Facebook announced it would tweak its algorithm to prioritize posts from friends and family over posts from publishers But did you know: Most publishers say it’s too early to discern the effects of Facebook’s most recent algorithm change prioritizing friends and family over publishers’ posts. However, Ken Doctor reports […]

Sky News on the value of Facebook Live: It lets us meaningfully engage with our readers

Sky News’ audience development editor Richard Evans says Facebook Live not only allows Sky News to bring its journalism to a new platform, but also offers a new way to interact with its readers: “Our journalists and correspondents are able, really for the first meaningful time, to engage directly with their viewers in real time.” […]

Why Twitter isn’t likely to get an edit button: It wouldn’t attract new Twitter users

The addition of an edit button on Twitter would solve a lot of the platform’s problems, Will Oremus writes. If a tweet ends up being inaccurate or unclear now, the original tweet is often deleted, but that’s a flawed solution, because the tweet simply disappears, often without explanation. Twitter’s Kevin Weil has said that an […]

‘Face it, Facebook. You’re in the news business’

Though Facebook may not want to acknowledge its role in the news universe, it’s still forced to make many of the same decisions that news organizations must make: Questions like “Should a TV network air a terrorist beheading?” have their equivalents on social media. Margaret Sullivan writes: “Yes, social media platforms are businesses. They have […]

Track the deleted tweets of verified Twitter accounts

Similar to what Politwoops does for politicians’ tweets, PostGhost tracks all the deleted tweets of any verified Twitter account with over 10,000 followers and acts as a public archive of those tweets. Whether the verified user deleted a tweet due to a minor typo they simply couldn’t live with, or a statement they came to […]

Publishers should trust Facebook like drivers should trust Uber

Publishers relying on Facebook are starting to look like drivers who keep trusting Uber to make their lives better, writes Sarah Lacy. The aggrieved parties argue that Uber would be nothing without drivers. Many publishers could argue without news and sharing of content that isn’t just your friends’ and family’s baby photos, and Facebook would […]

Social media giants are sabotaging themselves by hurting the “little guy”

Some of the biggest social media platforms — Facebook, SoundCloud and YouTube — are alienating their users by implementing policy changes that generate revenue streams but hurt user experience (for example, YouTube removing content from independent artists), according to John Boitnott. “With so many content creators being left out in the cold as a result […]

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