Fewer mugshots, less naming and shaming: How editors in Cleveland are trying to build a more compassionate newsroom

When you hear the phrase “right to be forgotten,” you may think of the European Union, where right-to-be-forgotten regulations allow nearly anyone to ask (and sometimes force) Google to take down search results they don’t like. The result is a clash between free speech, the public’s right to know, and privacy. There are legitimate fears…

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Did Facebook’s faulty data push news publishers to make terrible decisions on video?

“It will probably be all video.” In June 2016, Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook’s VP for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, spent several minutes of a panel at a Fortune conference talking about how Facebook was witnessing video overtake text. “We’re seeing a year-on-year decline on text,” Mendelsohn answered. “We’re seeing a massive increase, as I’ve…

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What have tech companies done wrong with fake news? Google (yep) lists the ways

“Who should be responsible for censoring ‘unwanted’ conversation, anyway? Governments? Users? Google?” Breitbart — yep, leading the column with a Breitbart story! — got leaked a Google presentation, “The Good Censor,” that shows how Google is grappling with the question of whether it’s possible to “have an open and inclusive internet while simultaneously limiting political…

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