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3 to read: Manipulation, not fake news, is the issue | NYT goes reader-centric | Facebook’s 7 tough questions

By Matt Carroll <@MattCData>

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  1. Our problem isn’t ‘fake news’ — it’s trust & manipulation: Jeff Jarvis,CUNY J-school prof and blogger, argues the calculated manipulation of news is designed to destabilize our democracy by attacking our most trusted institutions and people. That’s the real issue, he says — not fake news. It’s a solid, and terrifying, statement. But he does offer some solutions: For instance, starve the manipulators of attention by covering their methods, but not their message. Well worth reading.

2. NYT new redesign is all about its reader-centric focus on revenue: Any more doubts about whether the advertising model for news is dying? A perceptive analysis about how the New York Times’s new (subtle) redesign is designed to help get more revenue from the pockets of its most devoted readers. It’s all to further their subscriber-first strategy. By Ken Doctor for NiemanLab.

3. Facebook asks input on 7 ‘hard questions’: Facebook has been bashed left, right and center for its opaque handling — or nonhandling — of everything from fake news to censorship. Now it’s going public, and asking for help, with tough questions it’s dealing with, such as: “Who gets to define what’s false news — and what’s simply controversial political speech?” The questions are fascinating, and will be familiar to news editors. Hopefully it’s a sign FB will be more open in the future. Story by Josh Constine for TechCrunch.

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Matt Carroll is a journalism professor at Northeastern University.

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