Updating The Verge’s background policy
On "on background."
Definitely interested in seeing how this plays out over the long run and whether more outlets pick this up. I think overall this would improve reporting and increase trust in media if done by more places (so that the outlets doing this don’t get crowded out).
“This list could go on and on — the clear pattern is that tech companies have uniformly adopted a strategy of obfuscating information behind background. It’s also easy to see why companies like to abuse background: they can provide their point of view to the media without being accountable for it. Instead, journalists have to act like they magically know things, and readers have to guess who is trustworthy and who is not.”Posted on 2021-11-10T16:25:47+0000