Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

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Aug 25, 2023

This is the best explanation I've seen of the argument against Meta and Google using news content for free. "Cory Doctorow explained the situation on CBC's The Current [19 minutes]— the problem is not that these platforms are stealing content or linking to it, but rather that they collude to defraud publishers by owning the entire ad-supported ecosystem because they represent the buyers, the sellers, the marketplace, and they are publishers and advertisers in their own right." That makes a lot of sense to me. It's exactly why I stopped using Facebook. The algorithm isn't about distributing content - it's about monetizing content. The right response is to participate instead in an open and distributed network. This removes Facebook and Meta's ability to act as gatekeepers. And in that spirit, Harold Jarche here lists CBC news RSS feeds and a list of Canadian journalism sites that share on Mastodon.

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