Rupert Murdoch: Facebook Should Pay News Outlets

Variety reports:

Rupert Murdoch weighed in on Facebook’s attempts to improve the accuracy of the news its delivers across its global platform — and suggested that what would really work is for the internet giant to follow the model of the pay-TV industry.

“If Facebook wants to recognize ‘trusted’ publishers then it should pay those publishers a carriage fee similar to the model adopted by cable companies,” Murdoch said in a statement provided by News Corp.

He continued, “The publishers are obviously enhancing the value and integrity of Facebook through their news and content but are not being adequately rewarded for those services. Carriage payments would have a minor impact on Facebook’s profits but a major impact on the prospects for publishers and journalists.”

More from Business Insider:

The statement comes over a week after Facebook announced a major change to the News Feed algorithm that will no longer favor as many posts from brands and publishers. Instead, Facebook will promote posts that are likely to encourage comments and discussion from people you’re close to.

Facebook said Friday night it would also favor news stories from “trusted” sources picked through surveys of Facebook users. However, it did not say which publishers were considered “trusted” sources and did not elaborate on its survey methods. Murdoch’s statement criticizes Facebook and Google for creating algorithms that are “inherently unreliable” for distributing news.

  • Todd20036

    Murdock, do you mean news outlets or “news” outlets?

  • SkokieGuy [Snark McSnarkyface]

    Wow, the stupid hurts. Mr. Murdoch, do explain how paying for TV makes any of the stations more or less trustworthy.

    And ““If Facebook wants to recognize ‘trusted’ publishers then it should pay
    those publishers a carriage fee similar to the model adopted by cable

    Why shouldn’t FB CHARGE publishes a fee for a “Trusted by FB” symbol to put on feeds from news sources that have been proven credible over time.

  • AmeriCanadian

    Because Murdoch et al aren’t rich enough.

  • Jay George

    And the evil that’s inside Rupert Murdoch should eat its way out through every orifice of his body until he is totally consumed by the corruption he harbors inside himself, but I don’t see that happening either.

  • HZ81

    God. I wish the evil spirit that keeps this mummy alive would be released already.

  • justme

    No Rupie..
    Facebook should turn off ALL “news” outlets.. It’s a social media NOT a news media..
    Any “profiles” that can’t abide by this should be deleted..

  • Frostbite

    Well Rupy, as soon as you actually have a news outlet, you can worry about getting paid. But I don’t think that will happen any time soon.

  • SkokieGuy [Snark McSnarkyface]

    He’s wearing Rick Perry’s ‘I’m smart!’ glasses.

  • pj

    facebook enhances fox news. fox should be grateful they are used at all.

  • Gustav2

    This is BS, you know all the gay sites including JMG will be rated Fake News on Facebook’s current plan.

    Murdock would love the internet to turn into ‘cable’

  • JackFknTwist

    F uck you, Murdoch you lying c unt.

  • AJ Drew

    Murdoch wants $ for verified news posts?

    • Gustav2

      Facebook is getting free ‘content.’

    • ChrisMorley

      He’s sold off everything else to Disney, so of course.

  • Cuberly Deux

    Jebus Christmas!….Saunders just backed away from any form of guaranteeing DACA recipients a positive outcome. Again, it’s attempting to redefine DACA as part of border enforcement. It’s basically adopting the Cotton/Purdue angle that was trotted out yesterday.

    Gawd I loathe these hateful fucks!

    • Treant

      Thank you for watching her bosom heave so I don’t have to.

      • Cuberly Deux

        Uuuuuuuhhhhh…it’s painful. I realize she’s gotta spin a positive narrative from the MIA-negotiator and chief but gawd is this hard to watch….

    • AJ Drew

      Actual people impacted by this DACA back and forth are horrified. Simple everyday decisions are full of anxiety. Pay for lunch with bank card, is bank card still valid? Apt lease, job, bank account, etc.

    • The_Wretched

      I’ve had enough today and am skipping her belligerent gaslighting.

    • Miji
  • Treant

    Yeah? No.

    Fortunately, he looks half dead already.

  • JackFknTwist

    O/T :
    Where ‘s the left over Inauguration Millions ?
    Is was supposed to go to charities,,,incl The Red Cross ????

    • Joe in PA

      And the $1M of “his own money” to a hurricane disaster charity?

    • nocadrummer

      The Red Cross is one of those “charities” that I won’t give to. Too many first-hand experiences from friends & relatives about them charging for items that were given (free), or coming in long enough for the photo-ops, then disappearing.
      It’s right up there with United Way, although maybe not as bad as Salvation Army.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      It’s all in the Trump Red Cross / Disaster / Anything I want it to be Fund.

    • yes b’y
  • Kelly Lape

    … and “trusted” news outlet should be fined when they lie. I think the foreign asshole would be bankrupt in days as the owner of Fox “news”

  • Tawreos

    If Facebook recognized trusted publishers of news then your media outlets would have to be excluded

  • JoeMyGod

    JMG traffic is definitely being affected by the new algorithm. Most people read Facebook on mobile devices and about half of our overall traffic is via mobile.

    • Hue-Man

      Please explain this for those of us who are hard of thinking. I am Face-less and mobile-free.

      • The_Wretched

        It means JMG is showing up less in FB feeds which means fewer people are clicking though to read JMG articles here. He’s noticed it particularly in the smartphone-space. This means less income for Joe. It’s a bad thing.

        • Hue-Man

          So these aren’t JMG regulars but FB-people who see a Trump article and click on it? (I apologize for my ignorance.) Do they only read the one Trump item or do they check out what else is on the homepage?

          • Tawreos

            If they voted for Trump they only read the headline and figure they know the whole story from just that and start spreading it around in either adoration or outrage without ever getting near the actual facts of the story.

          • The_Wretched

            The very well could be regular readers. Advertising or having JMG served to you vs you going to it makes a big difference on the margins. It’s like opting-in vs opting-out.

        • JCF


    • Jay George

      I have JMG set to “See First” but that isn’t happening. I think every picture of the Orange Menace in existence comes across my feed before I see a JMG post. I usually have to go looking to find them.

    • Steve Smith

      I gave up JMG on Faceache. Now moving slowly to give up the rest too. I shall not miss the ceaseless barrage of drivel and cat pictures which seem to make up the content nowadays.

      • Gustav2

        I haven’t been on Facebook for years, Hubby left his open…and I looked.

        Ewwwwwww. Too much shit to get thru to people you actually want to keep up with. He does not edit out many people/sites.

    • AJ Drew

      A plus is that turning off Ad-blocker makes the site more viewable, and thus (hopefully) better for keeping this site going. I originally used Ad-blocker because the ads slowed loading too much, but now, it’s better with the ads. (The actual ads are an issue, but I’ll post about that another time.)

      • prixator

        I know that everyone sees different ads, but do you get auto-play video ads on here? About a year or so ago, I had to install Adblocker because when I loaded JMG, my computer would freeze for long periods because of those ads.

        Static ads don’t seem to be a problem for me – it was auto-play video ads that screwed with my computer (and there were usually more than one at a time, as well, which made it worse).

    • -M-

      I have no Facebook and read here mostly on mobile.

  • safari

    Cable TV is dead.

    • Jay George

      It committed suicide through shitty programming and pricing.

      • AmeriCanadian

        How many times can Tremors and My 600-Pound Life be repeated?

  • Cuberly Deux

    Which is it…..FB and twitter offer additional venues for “news” orgs to drive traffic and clicks to their sites. It’s freakin free marketing with a guaranteed phalanx of eyeballs with a stated interest in their work.

    Am I missing something? Does Rupey know how the interwebz and social media work?

    • The_Wretched

      Rupy just cares about increasing his income. Rational or not.

      • Cuberly Deux

        Yeah it sounds like that’s all it is. But it is interesting how detached from reality he is when it comes to social media.

    • Jay George

      He’s mad cuz they’re cracking down on his bots. 😉

  • AJ Drew

    Murdoch (news-publishing mogul) says Facebook should pay news outlets. Hmm.

    • Steve Smith

      Murdoch would have to pay me to read his right-wing bigoted semi-literate tripe.

  • andrewtinker27

    Does this mean that journalists at Fox should pay more to trusted sources for stories? Or National Geographic? (Which he owns) News isn’t supposed to be profit based.

    • canoebum

      It’s rather disturbing to learn that Murdock owns National Geographic. I need my nature tv fix on a regular basis.

  • Gustav2


    President Donald Trump’s defunct voter fraud commission requested that the state of Texas identify voters with Hispanic surnames when providing voter data to the commission.

    • The_Wretched

      A judge has ordered that the now defunct commission produce its documents. I’m sure there’s more in there that proves the commission was little more than Kobach trying to disenfranchise voters in a biased (or bigoted) fashion.

  • lk

    We are where we are today, in large part, thanks to Murdoch and his horrible ‘news’ outlet.

  • Dazzer

    Murdoch has been pushing this line for years in the UK.

    When he got knocked back – including in a Parliamentary committee – he introduced paywalls to his various online publications.

    The result is that he saw a definitive drop in online circulation of his titles (which is probably costing him a lot more than his NewsCorp – or whatever it’s called these days – is willing to admit in public).

    It’s a sign that Rupert is losing his creative edge in business if he’s resorting to this tired, old, discredited idea again.

    • TKW

      He SO doesn’t understand social media.

      • Dazzer


        However, it also shows that his son James (who is the current likely inheritor of the Murdoch empire) doesn’t understand it either.

        James Murdoch is supposed to be the blue skies thinker who is tasked to come up with new ways of monetising the news.

    • Steve Smith

      Since his dishonest Brexit support, campaigners have managed to reduce both the circulation and the advertising revenues in his crappy papers so he’s making a heavy loss in the UK.

  • TKW

    I hate it when they switch their algorithm, that just means more unwanted shit. They need to create a truthiness app (maybe in connection with Snopes) that would allow us to instantly evaluate the credibility of the source and content and instantly pull up counter viewpoints. Of course that would distract us from those ever-so-cute baby animal posts and they wouldn’t want that.

    • Treant

      Kitties! Squee!

      Lately, given that everything is data-mined, I restrict my Facebook page to photos of soap and the gardens. And sometimes bits of the gardens that I’ve scattered on the soap…

  • Boreal

    Bucktoothed old mummy thinks Fucks Noise is trusted publisher.

  • JWC

    Great was the day I finally closed my face book account. I found Fucklebergs authoritarian missive too much . My life functions quite well with out face book

    • canoebum

      I’m Facebook clear for more than five years now. Somehow, I’ve survived.

      • JWC

        amazing isn’t it

  • Nic Peterson

    That’s rich. Murdock complains about the unreliability of the google and FB algorithms but fails to acknowledge that he created the platform that is ‘unreliable news’

  • GanymedeRenard

    Let’s say, to put it mildly, that I don’t think highly of this man, but – regardless of his hypocrisy – he’s right in this one IMO.

  • geoffalnutt

    I listen to nothing old RuMu says. Nothing.

  • canoebum

    “Trusted” sources and Murdock are not two things that belong in the same conversation.

  • jimbo65

    I seem to remember that around the election, Facebook was accused of being news biased the other way around towards the liberals? They came up with some compromise in the interest of “fairness” Then the Russia bot shenanigans ensued.

  • boobert

    Since when is state tv a news outlet?

  • jimbo65

    Isn’t Murdock overdue for a heart attack during copulation with his newest trophy wife?

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      He did injure his back recently.

      “Rupert Murdoch, the executive chairman of 21st Century Fox, suffered a serious back injury after a fall while yachting, his company confirmed on Wednesday.

      A Fox spokeswoman said that Murdoch is still active and working despite the injury and he is resting at his vineyard just outside of Los Angeles.”

      Someone’s voodoo doll isn’t up to snuff.

  • ultragreen

    Facebook (and many other websites) makes money from ALL contributors of content. There is no logical reason why “trusted news sources” (meaning large for-profit corporations) should be singled out to receive special “carriage fees” when no one else receives such fees. Facebook could make the argument that it is providing these companies with free advertising.

    It IS true that people who create content (especially original content) are underpaid for what they do (if they are paid at all) in the networked information economy. However, the current socioeconomic system appears to be unwilling or unable to address this problem.

  • Ken Berry

    Humanity: “Rupert Murdoch should be tortured to death on live television.”

  • disqus_D9pH1OIG67

    Let’s put Murdoch in prison when drumpf and crew go.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    It’s still alive?


  • shellback

    “The Rupert, the”
    Sideshow Bob – sort of.

  • “inherently unreliable” Guess they picked up on Fox’s lies propaganda mistakes.

  • Halou

    “Pay me, because as a billionaire I’m entitled to everyone else’s money.”

  • teeveedub

    If Murdoch is expecting that Fox News will be paid as a “trusted” news source, my bet is that he’ll be a rotting corpse before that happens.

  • Dayglo

    He’s 86-years-young and will be replaced by his equally odious progeny whenever Satan calls him home.

  • Gayer Than Thou

    Uh, sure, Jan. Or Facebook can block its users from sharing your content and driving traffic to your site at no charge to you.

  • Gianni

    Facebook – Tried it once and found it to be totally useless, confusing, and extremely annoying. I must have sensed something.