Verizon Launches Tech News Site, Bans Stories on Spying and Net Neutrality(▼)(▲)
October 29, 2014
The Daily Dot:
The most-valuable, second-richest telecommunications company in the world is bankrolling a technology news site called SugarString.com. The publication, which is now hiring its first full-time editors and reporters, is meant to rival major tech websites like Wired and the Verge while bringing in a potentially giant mainstream audience to beat those competitors at their own game.
There’s just one catch: In exchange for the major corporate backing, tech reporters at SugarString are expressly forbidden from writing about American spying or net neutrality around the world, two of the biggest issues in tech and politics today.
Unsurprisingly, Verizon is deeply tangled up in both controversies.
I guess Verizon is tired of all the negative attention. Obviously the solution to that is to start a news site that only gives them positive attention, not to change their practices so that they deserve it.