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    Archives: October 2017

    “It’s important politically how this is going to play out.”
    Fake news and misinformation should be understood as a series of societal challenges long in the making. No algorithm will solve them, because no algorithm created them.
    “The app is a really good first step for gathering information, using it in a respectful way, and seeing how people feel about that.”
    One of the most confusing efforts to fund journalism in recent memory is inching closer to reality.
    Led by the cofounder of Square, Invisibly promises “four-figure CPMs” and a way to make big money off readers who won’t subscribe. It says it has most of the U.S. digital news industry on board. But is it just “an ad network dressed up as a savior for news sites”?
    The Belgian investigative news site Apache is a co-op, counting on its shareholders and subscribers — who are often the same people.
    “If we determine that a post might link to these types of low-quality web pages, it may show up lower in people’s feeds.”
    A partnership of Boston media giants is going to try. Plus: The mysteries of messed-up analytics and The New York Times’ expanding podcast strategy.
    “How do we produce business models which will support durable, robust journalism? Or do we just give up on the idea that advertising is the right model?”