Stephen Downes

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I think this article raises a great question: why would Meta (aka Facebook) pay money to provide distribution services to commercial media? From their point of view (I would say) they should be paid to provide this service, not paying. Well, some say "the relevance and credibility of its platforms – especially Facebook – would crumble without professional news content." Really? Is that why people signed on to Facebook - to read newspapers? If I were at Facebook, I'd be thinking, "instead of paying some company to retread press releases, let's just link directly to the press releases." Others think maybe Facebook is "switching focus from 'links to news articles' to 'news content in the form of short videos'." Or - again - they could just go directly to the source, and rely on user-generated videos.

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