Facebook has built a parallel universe for journalists… and it’s just like Twitter

Facebook has built a parallel universe for journalists… and it’s just like Twitter


Facebook has long been keen for more journalists to use their personal accounts like they do Twitter – to engage with followers, discuss their articles and hunt for information. The company hasn’t had much success on this front to date, but that may be starting to change. It’s built a ‘parallel universe’ for journalists to use with their personal accounts, and it’s just like Twitter. When Facebook recently expanded access to its Mentions iOS app to all verified users, it was accompanied by a drive to verify more journalists. Most of The Next Web team is verified now, for example, and I’ve…

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In another bid to be taken seriously by journalists, Facebook launches Signal

In another bid to be taken seriously by journalists, Facebook launches Signal


For a while now Facebook has been trying to prove that they have a place in the news business. Facebook Stories was one attempt to encourage embedding Facebook posts for news stories, and their Trending section and Instant Articles have continued the theme.

Turkey Arrests Journalists For Using Encryption

Turkey Arrests Journalists For Using Encryption

An anonymous reader sends news that three employees of Vice News were arrested in Turkey because one of them used an encryption system on his personal computer. That particular type of encryption has been used by the terrorist organization known as the Islamic State, so the men were charged with “engaging in terrorist activity.” The head of a local lawyers association said, “I find it ridiculous that they were taken into custody. I don’t believe there is any accuracy to what they are charged for. To me, it seems like an attempt by the government to get international journalists away from the area of conflict.” The Turkish government denied these claims: “This is an unpleasant incident, but the judiciary is moving forward with the investigation independently and, contrary to claims, the government has no role in the proceedings.”

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