Media Ownership

Who owns, controls, or influences media outlets.

YouTube, the Great Radicalizer

[Commentary] It seems as if you are never “hard core” enough for YouTube’s recommendation algorithm. It promotes, recommends and disseminates videos in a manner that appears to constantly up the stakes.

The web can be weaponised – and we can't count on big tech to stop it

[Commentary] The threats to the web today are real – from misinformation and questionable political advertising to a loss of control over our personal data.

Media merger basics: A primer on Fox, Disney, Comcast, Sky, AT&T, and Time Warner

[Commentary] AT&T-Time Warner: The merger is vertical in nature, whereas the Disney-Fox merger is horizontal.

AT&T Backs Off Political Argument in Antitrust Case

Politics have been at the center of the public debate about the Justice Department’s lawsuit to block AT&T’s $85 billion purchase of Time Warner.

What does Microsoft want with these rural teens?

Microsoft is targeting public school buses as a part of its initiative to provide rural broadband in 12 states between now and 2022. But as of right now, it’s unclear how the data of these children would be protected.

Sinclair Creating Bad Optics For FCC Chairman Pai

[Commentary] Sinclair’s behavior in trying to merge with Tribune is doing it — and the entire broadcasting industry — no favors.

Comcast gets FCC’s help in $3.5 million battle against small cable company

The Federal Communications Commission has dismissed a complaint against Comcast filed by a rival that said it was forced "to pay a punitive ransom" of $3.5 million in order to keep airing Comcast-owned TV programming.

Ex-DOJ officials raise concerns about possible Trump interference in AT&T lawsuit

A group of former Justice Department officials is raising concerns about whether President Donald Trump had any improper influence over the agency’s decision to sue to block the $85 billion AT&T-Time Warner merger.

Free Press Sues the FCC for Dramatic Reversal of Media-Ownership Limits That Pave Way for Media Mergers

Free Press has joined Common Cause, Communications Workers of America and the Office of Communication, Inc. of the United Church of Christ to file suit against Federal Communications Commission efforts to repeal local media-ownership limits.

Google and Facebook don't qualify for first amendment protections

[Commentary] Are Facebook and Google's practices of privileging certain information really analogous to what newspaper editors do, and therefore similarly protected by the First Amendment?