Percentage of U.S. adults who get news on social media
Percentage of U.S. adults who get news on each social media site
Google and Facebook have gained editorial influence over the press with content guidelines for participation in advertising services, writes Mark Esptein in the Wall Street Journal.
Media outlets have failed to differentiate the people who own the industry from the people who work in it is causing the media to misread the rising wave of rank-and-file rebellion, write Moira Weigel and Ben Tarnoff in the New Republic.
Amazon’s extensive relationship with the NSA, FBI, Pentagon and other surveillance agencies in the west is multi-faceted, highly lucrative and rapidly growing, writes Glenn Greenwald in the Intercept.
UK Cairncross Report
Technology groups should be forced by a new regulator to ensure their platforms distribute quality news, according to a U.K. government report. “As long as tech giants continue to completely dominate the market it’s difficult to see how a sustainable financial footing for journalism can be achieved,” Tom Watson, Labour’s shadow culture secretary, said.
Dame Frances Cairncross’s report on ways to support high-quality journalism in Britain concluded there should be a public investigation into the dominance of Facebook and Google in the advertising marketplace.
Spotify updated its terms of service to say it will suspend or terminate accounts that are found to be using ad blockers. Read more…
The companies will cut off access to the information by March, giving them time to adjust for services like emergency roadside assistance. Read more…
Cost-per-click (CPC) rates for mobile search engine marketing (SEM) campaigns were 57% higher on “Cyber 5” days than during the rest of the holiday shopping season due to a surge in demand, according to a study by digital ad platform Kenshoo. Read more…
Yahoo Finance’s upcoming subscription service is long overdue. It will reportedly cost about $100 a month, which is still pricey for the average retail investor, but not for industry pros. Read more…
The National Enquirer’s parent company, American Media Inc., admitted it coordinated with the Trump campaign to make an illegal hush payment, federal prosecutors disclosed. The disclosure came the same day former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen was sentenced in federal court to three years in prison.
The double whammy of the Cohen conviction and the AMI admission gave ammo to Trump critics, but for now, it doesn’t really change the calculus of an impeachment. Read more…