Alt-Right Snowflake Triggered By Tweet Sues Fusion Writer For Saying She Made ‘White Power’ Gesture

fairbanks Cassandra Fairbanks, an alt-right activist and social media personality, filed a lawsuit in federal court today accusing Fusion writer Emma Roller of defamation for a tweet Roller posted in which she described Fairbanks and fellow alt-righter Mike Cernovich as using a “white power hand gesture in the White House.” Roller’s tweet–since deleted–was posted on April 28. The next day, Fairbanks posted a response on Twitter, hinting at the now-ongoing legal action: In the lawsuit, Fairbanks alleges that Roller committed defamation via libel, invasion of privacy and that the Fusion writer’s actions caused the pro-Trump journalist to experience emotional distress and harm. She’s seeking a retraction, an apology and at least $100,000 in damages. As to whether the Continue reading "Alt-Right Snowflake Triggered By Tweet Sues Fusion Writer For Saying She Made ‘White Power’ Gesture"

3 things BuzzFeed News thinks about before sending a push alert

Earlier this month, President Donald Trump met Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull in New York. While the big story in the U.S. that day was the passage of the Republican healthcare bill in the House of Representatives, the meeting was major news in Australia. As a result, BuzzFeed News decided to send an alert to its app users who have chosen to follow Australia news in its news app. The alert read: “There were some delays, but Malcolm Turnbull and Donald Trump finally met in person. Here’s how it went down. 👴🏻 ❤️ 👴🏻 ” Yes, it included the emoji, which has purposefully become a hallmark of the BuzzFeed News app, Brianne O’Brien, the lead news curation editor at BuzzFeed’s London office said on a panel at the ONA Dublin conference on Friday. After BuzzFeed launched its news app in 2015, two-thirds of the downloads were from
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How The New York Times, CNN, and The Huffington Post approach publishing on platforms

Publishing used to be relatively simple. You published a newspaper once a day or produced a nightly newscast. Even with the advent of the Internet things were fairly straightforward: You had a website and posted your coverage there. But as platforms — from Facebook and Snapchat to messaging platforms such as Kik and Line — become more ubiquitous, news organizations now have to decide where they want to publish and how they want to present their coverage on these platforms. A study out this week from the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University examines how platforms have changed journalism, and while the entire 25,455-word report is worth reading, one particularly interesting section looks at how news outlets are choosing to publish (or not publish) across a variety of platforms. The report compares how The New York Times, CNN, and The Huffington Post utilized platforms during a week in
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Breitbart Has Been Denied Permanent Congressional Press Passes Pending Further Review

breitbart_logo-e1457981085344-650x428 Breitbart News did not have a good day on Monday. According to BuzzFeed News, Breitbart — best known these days for its ties to the Trump administration — was denied permanent “hard passes” to move around the Capitol by the U.S. Senate Daily Press Gallery. Specifically, the Gallery wants Breitbart to be more transparent about its ties to the Government Accountability Institute, a conservative nonprofit, and Rebekah Mercer, who is part of a family that invests in the website. The Gallery had previously asked for details about how involved senior White House adviser Steve Bannon is with the site these days. News organizations seeking a permanent pass need to make certain financial disclosures to show that they are not affiliated with special interest groups. Another issue raised was that Breitbart may have “misled” the Gallery about where their offices are currently located, as the building is not zoned as an Continue reading "Breitbart Has Been Denied Permanent Congressional Press Passes Pending Further Review"

20th Century Fox Apologizes for Promotional Fake News Websites

20th Century Fox logo There’s a new twist in the ongoing “fake news” saga. This time, the news is definitely fake, though, with BuzzFeed having reported on Monday that five fake news sites were launched to promote “A Cure for Wellness,” a psychological thriller film opening Friday. On Thursday, 20th Century Fox apologized in a statement to The New York Times, taking ownership of the five sites they commissioned the creation of: NY Morning Post, Houston Leader, Salt Lake City Guardian, Indianapolis Gazette, and Sacramento Dispatch. Fox’s Dan Berger issued this statement to the Times:
In raising awareness for our films, we do our best to push the boundaries of traditional marketing in order to creatively express our message to consumers. In this case, we got it wrong. We have reviewed our internal approval process and made appropriate changes to ensure that every part of a campaign is elevated to and vetted by management in order to avoid Continue reading "20th Century Fox Apologizes for Promotional Fake News Websites"

UK Media Locked Out of White House Amidst Confusion Over Date Formatting

The new White House staff ran into a bit of a problem on Friday when admitting press for the news conference held by President Donald Trump and UK Prime Minister Teresa May. According Jim Waterson of BuzzFeed News UK, the dates of birth for British reporters were submitted in the date format used internationally, and it caused…issues. The UK, along with the the rest of Europe and almost the entire world, formats dates as day/month/year. Today, for example, would be 27/1/2017 or 27th January, 2017 as opposed to 1/27/2017 or January 27th, 2017. This led to confusion and meant that the dates were “wrong” for a number of reporters, and according to Waterson, only those where the issue was obvious (because Continue reading "UK Media Locked Out of White House Amidst Confusion Over Date Formatting"

Study: Push alerts encourage news app users to actually open the app

File this under Obvious But Still Worth Having Data On: Mobile news app users who allow push notifications open the news apps significantly more often than those who don’t allow notifications, according to a study out Thursday from the Engaging News Project at the University of Texas. The study found that 27 percent of users who turned on push notifications opened the app daily, while 12 percent of users who didn’t have alerts on used the news app each day, the study found. The Engaging News Project conducted the study with 420 participants. They each randomly downloaded either the CNN, BuzzFeed News, or E! News apps. About half of the participants were asked to turn on notifications and half were asked to leave them off. The researchers followed up with the participants after about two weeks of app usage. “Overall, the results show some benefits to notifications: people appreciate
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