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How 'Platforms as Publishers' Could Threaten Journalistic Ethics

  • Medium, Tuesday, June 21, 2016 7:35 AM
Publishers have sacrificed performance in favor of data and revenue for years. Now, as a result, Google AMP and Facebook Instant Articles have, for all intents and purposes, taken over Web publishing. The new landscape raises serious ethical questions for news media, according to Bloomberg reporter Michael Keller in a post on Medium. Some data-driven or interactive stories, “ask readers questions about themselves and use that data to personalize the resulting narrative." This information could potentially wind up in an advertising profile or third-party data set if platforms host the content.

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