Will Oremus
Will Oremus
Writing about tech and its discontents for the @washingtonpost. formerly @ozm (RIP) & @slate. dm for signal.Source
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A Close Look at How Facebook’s Retreat From the News Has Hurt One Particular Website—Ours

A Close Look at How Facebook’s Retreat From the News Has Hurt One Particular Website—Ours

AdvertisementAdvertisementThe first months of Donald Trump’s presidency were a fraught and chaotic time in American politics. But in an age of shrinking newsrooms, early 2017 was a bright spot for online news publishers, especially those with some Facebook savvy. People were hungry for political news, commentary, and analysis, and Facebook fed them a steady diet of it. It was where conservatives gathered to crow and liberals went to commiserate and organize.Slate—yes, the publication you’re reading right now—got more than 85 million clicks that originated from external sites and apps in...

June 27, 2018
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Twitter has an experimental crowdsourced fact-checking feature

Twitter has an experimental crowdsourced fact-checking feature

As the big social media platforms trot out familiar misinformation policies ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, Twitter is holding what could be a wild card. But it’s one the company is reluctant to play before it’s sure it has a winning hand. Twitter’s experimental, crowdsourced fact-checking project, called Birdwatch, is quietly gaining momentum behind the scenes, and the company is gradually beginning to add new features and show it to more users, Twitter vice president of product Keith Coleman told The Technology 202. Internal research finds it is leading ordinary users to share less...

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To fight misinformation, Twitter expands project to let users fact-check each other’s tweets

To fight misinformation, Twitter expands project to let users fact-check each other’s tweets

Listen5 minCommentGift ShareTwitter will begin showing fact-checking notes, submitted by volunteers, on potentially misleading tweets to a small fraction of its users in a test in the United States this week.The test is a step forward for its experimental Birdwatch program, which seeks to enlist Twitter’s users to flag and debunk misinformation on the social platform.Users in the test group will see a message inviting them to click for more context when they encounter a tweet that has been flagged by a volunteer fact-checker participating in Birdwatch. There, they’ll find one or more notes...

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Nextdoor Is Quietly Replacing the Small-Town Paper | by Will Oremus | OneZero

Nextdoor Is Quietly Replacing the Small-Town Paper | by Will Oremus | OneZero

Published inne year ago, Delaware’s second-largest school district was in trouble. A failed referendum in 2019, on the heels of state funding cuts two years prior, had left it that…The undercurrents of the future. A publication from Medium about technology and people.ininSenior Writer, OneZero, at Medium

January 27, 2021
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‘Competition Is for Losers’: How Peter Thiel Helped Facebook Embrace Monopoly | by Will Oremus | OneZero

‘Competition Is for Losers’: How Peter Thiel Helped Facebook Embrace Monopoly | by Will Oremus | OneZero

Published inThis is an email from , a newsletter by OneZero.nly one thing can allow a business to transcend the daily brute struggle for survival,” Peter Thiel…The undercurrents of the future. A publication from Medium about technology and people.ininSenior Writer, OneZero, at Medium

December 12, 2020
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Google Photos Just Made the Case for Breaking Up Big Tech | by Will Oremus | OneZero

Google Photos Just Made the Case for Breaking Up Big Tech | by Will Oremus | OneZero

Published infter five years of Google Photos offering unlimited, free storage of “high-quality” compressed images, Google on Wednesday that its policy is changing. Starting next June, any new photos you upload will count toward the 15 gigabytes of free…The undercurrents of the future. A publication from Medium about technology and people.inSenior Writer, OneZero, at Medium

November 11, 2020
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