Articles Not Deleted to Please Advertisers: BuzzFeed
The internet recently blew up and BuzzFeed was at the receiving end of criticism aimed at them for deleted a couple of articles allegedly because of advertiser pressure.
After receiving criticisms all over the internet for giving in to the demands of advertisers, Ben Smith the editor in chief of BuzzFeed took to his official Twitter profile with a tweet where he not only thanked for the critizism but also announced that they had reinstated the said articles.
Alongside this news, he shared a screenshot of an internal email that he sent to the editorial staff with relation to the issue. in the email he clarifies that the reason for the articles being removed had nothing to do with advertisers.
He did agree that it was a major blow up on his part but stated that the reason was “[his] overreaction to questions [they’ve] been wrestling with about the place of personal opinion pieces on [their] site”.
Later he followed this up by saying “I reacted impulsively when I saw the posts and I was wrong to do that.”
Here’s the part where he talks about advertiser pressure and whether it had something to do with it or not:
You also have a right to ask about whether we did this because of advertiser pressure, as Gawker suggested. The answer is no. I field complaints all the time from companies and individuals, including advertisers, and see it as my job to shield you from that pressure.
Do you think the statement given by BuzzFeed is entirely true?