How Facebook and other platform companies promote bad journalism — and what to do about it


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Facebook and other platform companies publishing news are forces for bad journalism not good, despite some well-intended efforts lately to help media companies.

That’s the conclusion of a massive, 25,000-word report, “The Platform Press,” published Wednesday by Emily Bell of the Columbia School of Journalism’s Tow Center and co-author Taylor Owen.

The rapid shift to news reading directly on platforms is as big a transformation as digital disruption of print and the shift from desktop to mobile, the authors argue:

These companies have evolved beyond their role as distribution channels, and now control what audiences see and who gets paid for their attention, and even what format and type of journalism flourishes.

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