engine - 12:56 pm on Dec 14, 2012 (gmt 0)
I've always thought that some publishers and broadcasters are getting too close to Facebook.
This is an interesting step away from Facebook and I shall be watching how this, and similar close ties change.
A little over a year ago, a big topic of discussion in the newspaper business — apart from the ongoing cataclysmic decline in print advertising revenue, of course — was how to leverage Facebook as a platform for content, and specifically the rise of what were called “social reading” apps, which were like mini-newspapers housed within a Facebook page. The Washington Post and The Guardian were among those who launched these applications, and for a time they drove a substantial amount of traffic, until Facebook changed the way they worked. Now the Guardian has said it is effectively shutting down its app and will be pushing readers from the social network to its website instead, so that it can retain more control over what happens to its content.UK Newspaper Drops Its Facebook Social Reader To Regain Content Control [gigaom.com]