Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp Australia reached a deal with Facebook after weeks of negotiations. The social media giant will pay Murdoch’s company to share content from its major media outlets like The Australian and Sky News Australia.
Social media companies use computer algorithms that track users’ content preferences and interests, and feed them content that aligns with those interests, consequently controlling what news people see on their feeds and creating echo chambers.
This summer, Facebook will be unveiling its long-awaited oversight board, which will adjudicate content that is flagged by users for review. The unprecedented regulatory entity will operate independently of Facebook, the company says.
In the midst of growing pressure on technology companies to regulate political advertising ahead of the 2020 election, Google announced last week it will limit advertisers’ ability to micro-target users on the basis of their political affiliations.
Editor-in-Chief Celine Castronuovo, Podcast Director Michael Kohler, Editor-at-large Rob Cline and politics writer James Smathers relaunch The MediaPod series by discussing the media’s role in the impeachment process, the social media platform political ad wars, billionaires in the 2020 news cycle, and press freedom during recent military
The Trump campaign has spent more than $27 million on digital advertising this cycle, outspending the four leading Democratic contenders combined. On Facebook alone, the Trump campaign has spent $21 million, focusing ads on impeachment and socialism.
Despite a string of recent controversies, the New York Times reported record growth in subscriptions last week. The paper is ending the year just shy of 5 million subscribers, and is projected to attain 10 million by 2025.