Media Insider: FCC Net Neutrality Rules Repealed, Into Magazine Opens LA Production Studio, Adblock Plus Uses Blockchain Technology To Combat Fake News

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Net Neutrality Has Been Rolled Back — But It’s Not Dead Yet

The Federal Communications Commission rollback of net neutrality went into effect earlier this week. However, where you live and what internet service providers choose to do will depend on whether or not you see any changes. NPR reports that “the Republican-majority FCC voted along party lines in December to repeal the regulations, which expired today.” Although the the Senate voted 52-47 last month to overturn the FCC’s plan, the House never acted on the issue. As long as disclosure is provided, internet service providers are now permitted to block, throttle, or be paid to prioritize certain sites or content.

Related: The FCC’s net neutrality rules are officially repealed today. Here’s what that really means.

Grindr’s digital magazine, Into, opens LA production studio for LGBTQ creators

Grindr’s online magazine, Into, has opened a production studio in Los Angeles to help LGBTQ video creators whose videos may be penalized by platforms that have a history of mistaking content featuring LGBTQ slang for hate speech. Zach Stafford, Grindr’s chief content officer and Into’s editor-in-chief, explained that interested creators are asked to email their video pitches to Into’s editors, who then assess the ideas, book the shoot, and then compensate creators depending on the project. Although video creators will not be charged to utilize the studio, they will be asked to let Into publish their videos on its site in return. “The idea is for Into to sell ads against those videos to make back the money it puts into the studio. Into also plans to use the studio to produce videos for advertisers, which would pay the publisher for the production and distribution,” Digiday reports.

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Adblock Plus wants to use blockchain to call out fake news

eyeo, the parent company of Adblock Plus, has launched a browser extension that will help combat fake news. The extension, which is called “Trusted News,” only is available on Chrome and is intended to help Internet users spot sources of fake news. To help classify content as “trustworthy,” eyeo is relying on four third-party, fact-checking organizations: Snopes, PolitiFact, Wikipedia, and Zimdar’s List. eyeo also has been working with MetaCert Protocol the largest anti-fraud URL registry that’s also headed for the blockchain to maintain the database for the project. Once the extension is added in Chrome, users will either see a small green check mark against its icon if a news source is trustworthy or an orange-colored ‘B’ if it’s biased.

Related: Can a Chrome plugin help solve the fake news problem?

Seven news organizations protest Facebook’s issue ads policy

A group of seven media associations representing more than 20,000 news publications in 120-plus countries sent Facebook a letter protesting its issue ads policy that would lump news articles in with political and advocacy ads. As a result of the new policy, publishers are concerned their content will be placed in the same archive as political ads and therefore making it appear biased. The letter signed by the American Society of News Editors, News Media Alliance, European Publishers Council, Digital Content Next, MPA – The Association of Magazine Media, Society of Professional Journalists and WAN-IFRA heavily addresses how the policy blurs the line between credible journalism and propaganda and pleads for Facebook to exclude publishers from being subject to the political advertising-treatment policy.

Read the entire letter to Facebook here.

Craigslist Founder Gives $20 Million to CUNY Journalism School

After being criticized for putting a dent in the classified ads business for newspapers, Craig Newmark, the founder of Craigslist, is donating $20 million to the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. “In this time, when trustworthy news is under attack, somebody has to stand up,” Newmark told the New York Times. In return, the school will change its name to the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York. Although some place blame on Newmark for the decline of revenue in the newspaper industry, Newmark told the NY Times that his generosity isn’t driven by guilt, but rather his “motivation in helping is because, in our country right now, we are facing a crisis in getting trustworthy news out there to overwhelm the misinformation.”

Some CUNY alumni are not happy with the name change: CUNY Journalism Dean Defends Renaming School For Craigslist Founder After Alumni Criticism

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Joanna Giannell is a Senior Customer Content Specialist with PR Newswire. She is also an animal lover and music enthusiast. Tune into her insights as a social curator at @PRNpets.

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