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News Corp CEO rails at 'dysfunctional' online environment

News Corp's chief executive on Thursday took a swipe at Google and Facebook for fostering a "dysfunctional" and "debased" online environment which harms the news media and responsible journalism.

Robert Thompson, CEO of the publishing arm of Rupert Murdoch's media empire, stepped up his criticism of the online giants as the company released its quarterly earnings.

Thompson said the steps announced by Google and Facebook to stem misinformation and improve the quality of online news were "modest steps toward changing a digital environment that is dysfunctional at its core."

"The bot-infested badlands are hardly a safe space for advertisers, whose brands are being tainted by association with the extreme, the violent and the repulsive."

Thompson said News Corp is seeing growth in online visits and subscriptions to its media properties such as the Wall Street Journal and The Sun of Britain, but added that "the potential returns for our journalism would be far higher in a less chaotic, less debased digital environment."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

MR. Thompson, a word please: a lot of the independent media completely distanced from Google and Facebook, do a very creditable job of reporting the truth, and this is why you are losing viewership, and we ( at sites like WRH) are gaining.

Our reporting is neither debased nor chaotic; it is as factual as humanly possible, and not supportive of either US government narratives, leading usually to wars, or US government agendas, the primary purpose of which to achieve US world hegemony and domination.

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