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Facebook's algorithm can distort the news, and other ways new platforms are in control

Facebook's algorithm can distort the news, and other ways new platforms are in control

IJNet | December 05, 2014

How online platforms are shaping journalism, Vox Media's US$50 million worth and more in this week's Digital Media Mash Up, produced by the Center for International Media Assistance.

Technology set journalism free, now new platforms are in control

Emily Bell, who runs the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, recently spoke at the Reuters Institute about the crossroads at which journalism finds itself today. It’s a place where media and journalism has never been more free, but also one in which speech is increasingly controlled by privately-run platforms like Twitter and Facebook. (Gigaom, 11/22)

Vox Media valued at nearly US$50 million after investment

Vox Media, a publisher with a fast-growing portfolio of online lifestyle and news brands, announced that it has just closed a $46.5 million round of financing from General Atlantic, a New York investment firm. (New York Times, 11/30)

Twitter to make reporting abuse and blocking 'easier'

Twitter is making changes aimed at allowing users to report abuse or offensive content more easily. Twitter told BBC the changes would give users "more control over their experience". The changes come after several high profile cases of abuse. (BBC, 12/02)

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