Leading tech journalist for Fortune Magazine Mathew Ingram comes back on the podcast this week. We discuss
- Mathew’s career to date and how he came to Fortune Magazine
- Facebook’s incredible data parameters – 1.86bn MAUs, 1.23 bn DAUs, quarterly revenue $27bn, quarterly profit $10bn
- Thinking just about eyeballs or distribution, have we ever had a more dominant media company on the planet? versus Newscorp, Time Warner, Disney etc
- Facebook began as a place to share family photos and ‘social news’ –the shift to it becoming a place people go to for the “real news”
- Why the distinction between tech company and media company matters
- Algorithms controlling what content people see v generating your own content
- Moral responsibilities associated with being a media company
- Media companies have always had a “slant” – why people are more concerned about Facebook’s control
- Why has fake news become such a “thing” – we have always had spam and fake emails – why is it so much more important now?
- When does an opinion piece become fake news?
- The “truth” – how Google deals with this topic
- Whether managing the issue of fake news can become censorship
- Where to next for Facebook and fake news?
- Snapchat’s pending IPO
My previous podcast with Mathew on the future of journalism.
Mathew’s articles on Facebook as a media company and fake news.