Welcome to Media Insider, PR Newswire’s round-up of media stories from the week.
SLATE | WILL OREMUS
Twitter Will Start Hiding Tweets That “Detract From the Conversation”
Twitter announced it will begin hiding tweets from certain accounts in conversations and search results. To see them, users will now have to scroll to the bottom of the conversation and click “Show more replies,” or go into search settings and choose “See everything.” The caveat to this, however, is that Twitter’s software now decides when a certain user is detracting from the conversation and therefore will hide that user’s tweets from search results and public conversations until their reputation improves — without notifying them. Twitter is working on a fix to notify people in order to help them get back into good standing. Del Harvey, Twitter’s vice president of trust and safety, explained in a company blog post that “the change will affect a very small fraction of users — much less than one percent.”
Read Twitter’s entire blog post here: Serving Healthy Conversation
TECHCRUNCH | DEVIN COLDEWEY
Senate votes to reverse FCC order and restore net neutrality
In a 52-47 vote, the Senate approved overturning FCC’s Net Neutrality repeal. In the final vote, it was Republican senators Susan Collins of Maine, John Kennedy of Louisiana, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who joined Democrats to vote in favor of the resolution of disapproval. FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel commended the Senate’s action, whereas FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was a bit less congratulatory by stating, “It’s disappointing that Senate Democrats forced this resolution through by a narrow margin.” For the internet advocates, this vote is a powerful statement of solidarity.
Although the fight continues, net neutrality will officially die on June 11.
TALKING BIZ NEWS | CHRIS ROUSH
WSJ and National Geographic team up for biz travel magazine
The Wall Street Journal and National Geographic have partnered up to launch a new print magazine for business travelers called Far & Away. The magazine, which also will include digital and social content about cultural experiences, travel strategies, and expert insider intelligence for making the most of a business trip, will release its first issue with the May 19 edition of the Journal. Wall Street Journal editor-in-chief Gerard Baker commented that “Far & Away brings together the photojournalism of National Geographic and the insights of The Wall Street Journal in a magazine for the ambitious adventurers on the go who are as curious as they are tireless, and who look for adventure around every corner.”
THE VERGE | NICK STATT
The new AI-powered Google News app is now available on iOS
Google announced earlier this week that its revamped, artificial intelligence-powered Google News app is now available for download on Apple’s App Store. The new Google News on iOS shares similarities with the one on Android and is organized into four different sections: For You, Headlines, Favorites, and Newsstand. To make it easier on the consumer, the upgrade is designed to use machine learning to train algorithms to sort through complex, fast-breaking news stories and break them down in easy-to-understand formats like local news aggregation, chronological timelines, and stories that are being presented in a developing and evolving sequence.
DIGIDAY | MAX WILLENS
Gizmodo Media Group is rolling out a new commerce site, The Inventory
Gizmodo Media Group — the online media company and blog network — announced the launch of a standalone commerce site called The Inventory. Digiday reports the new site will be “stocked with evergreen product guides and reviews; news about products the Inventory writers have already reviewed; and a section dedicated to points, travel deals and credit cards, which are highly lucrative for affiliate commerce publishers.” Gizmodo Media Group has embraced commerce content earlier than most publishers and moving into evergreen content will enable the site to cover more product categories and leverage Google and Facebook for distribution. The site only plans to have an editorial staff of four, but has expectations to grow its headcount over time.
Just like Gizmodo, more publishers are dipping their toes into commerce content: Wirecutter is distributing commerce content through other publishers
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