The case spearheaded by HD Media now has approximately 30 co-plaintiffs, representing more than 200 newspaper titles across North America. David Chavern, President / CEO of the News Media Alliance and Lee Wolverton, VP News/ Executive Editor at HD Media chat with E&P's Contributing Editor Gretchen Peck and Publisher Mike Blinder about the latest developments in the class action lawsuit naming both Google and Facebook as defendants and why more publishers are needed now, to participate.
We have to admit: Meta has a strange, co-dependent relationship with news publishers. On the one hand, the Facebook platform has undermined news publishers' advertising model. On the other hand, social media platforms, including Facebook and Meta-owned Instagram, have been essential tools for news publishers to lead the audience to their own digital properties and enable expedient communication with the public.