Paying publishers to use Facebook Live

IN Media Watch Briefs | 18/05/2017

The Columbia Journalism Review reports that over the last 12 months Facebook has been paying select media partners to  use Facebook Live, in an effort to promote this live streaming platform. It says the New York Times is among 140 media companies and celebrities whom the social media giant enticed to create content for Facebook Live, through deals worth $50 million. Both NYT and BuzzFeed were paid $3 million plus each. WSJ reported this last year.           

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The new term for self censorship is voluntary censorship, as proposed by companies like Netflix and Hotstar. ET reports that streaming video service Amazon Prime is opposing a move by its peers to adopt a voluntary censorship code in anticipation of the Indian government coming up with its own rules. Amazon is resisting because it fears that it may alienate paying subscribers.                   

Clearly, the run to the 2019 elections is on. A journalist received a call from someone saying they were from Aajtak channel and were conducting a survey, asking whom she was going to vote for in 2019. On being told that her vote was secret, the caller assumed she wasn't going to vote for 'Modiji'. The caller, a woman, also didn't identify herself. A month or two earlier the same journalist received a call, this time from a man, asking if she was going to vote for the BSP.                 

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