Cookies, news theft, Meta and more: 5 articles which caught our eyes last week

1 August 2022
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To help you navigate the magnitude of content on offer written about the publishing industry, we have selected 5 articles which caught our eye of the past week. Feel free to reach out with any suggestions or comments.

1. Google delays when Chrome will phase out third-party cookies to 2024

Publishers have begun preparing for the cookieless future with their first-party data harvesting, but cookies will remain for an extra year on Google Chrome!

Citing “consistent feedback” from their partners, Google have pushed their deadline back to 2024. This means there will be a longer testing windows for their Privacy Sandbox APIs.

Read more on the story here from 9to5Google.

2. Meta officially cuts funding for U.S. news publishers

After years of long drawn out battles to get into the news industry, Meta have begun their withdrawal.

Sara Fischer reports that on Tuesday, Meta began telling US News partner that they no longer plan to pay for their content which runs on Facebook’s News Tab. The move is part of a change of strategy to focus on creative initiatives rather than news.

Find out more from Axios’ Sara Fischer in this article.

3. Theft of news articles and entire websites more than doubled in UK in 2021

Whilst fake news is a relatively well know concept, fake sites have taken off. Websites cloning and ripping off news articles more than double in the UK in 2021.

Press Gazette found that NLA Media Access got more than 50,000 articles removed from 1,000 fake or illegitimate news sites in 2021. That was up from about 20,000 articles from more than 700 sources the year before.

Learn more in the full story from Charlotte Tobitt here.

4. How the Washington Post is trying to reach the next generation.

In August 2021, The Washington Post launched their Next Generation initiative to accelerate their acquisition of younger and more diverse audiences.

Tom Jones of Poynter spoke with The Washington Post’s Director of Next Generation Audiences Phoebe Connelly to learn more about how the plan was going.

You can read the full interview here.

5. Digital users in Europe are up 100 million from 2019. How can publishers capitalise on this?

Across the world there has been exponential growth in digital users. In Europe, these users are up by 100 million since 2019 according to McKinsey.

So in our weekly Twipe Future of News article, Matt Lynes explored how publishers can capitalise on this promising trend for an evermore digitalised industry.

Get the full insights in our article.

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