What are the ‘assertive communications’ rules for online publishers?
From the moment it launched in the fall of 2014, Frontier Communications Inc.’s (FFI) Internet-based social media network, Frontier, has been a leader in pushing the boundaries of social media.
While its own social media features were largely designed to connect with friends and family, Frontier pioneered its own online news service in which it publishes a weekly, in-depth report on topics that matter to its users.
The news, according to its own guidelines, must be “focused on the news at hand,” and the company has published several stories on the topic of sexual assault on college campuses.
Since its launch, Frontier has made it a policy that no news outlet that doesn’t follow the guidelines will be allowed to publish content on its site.
This past weekend, however, Frontier announced that it had changed its rules on social media in an attempt to be more inclusive of people of color.
In a statement to The Verge, Frontier CEO and cofounder Mark Zuckerberg described the change as “a step in the right direction,” but acknowledged that it “still has more work to do” to be truly inclusive.
“Our new policy includes some steps that make the world a better place for all,” Zuckerberg wrote.
“However, it’s a small step in an important direction and we want to continue to be a leader on this important issue.”
“We want to make sure that we are giving people of all backgrounds the space they deserve,” he continued.
“We do not want to be an institution that discriminates against people of any background, and that is why we have taken a step forward to ensure that our content is focused on the stories at hand and the people who are making the news.”
It was a step in a long line of social news changes for Frontier, which was founded in 2007 by Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan.
In 2014, the company introduced its own platform, which allowed it to make more content that had not previously been published on its own news outlet.
The company’s decision to move to an open source approach to publishing content on the platform, however was met with mixed reviews.
In response to the change, several publications criticized the move, including The New York Times, which called the move “a significant step backward,” and Vox Media, which noted that “the move to a platform that does not have a community of writers and editors to support it” was “inhumane.”
Facebook’s open source model, however (as it’s called), allows publishers to create content for its platform, without the need for the company to pay for its own content.
The change to the rules came after Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, told the Guardian newspaper that he “felt it was a very good idea” to allow online news outlets to make money by publishing content.
“I think it’s important that we do things that make a lot of people happy, that give people something to talk about, and so that we can make the internet better,” Zuckerberg said.
In the wake of the change to Facebook’s social media guidelines, many publications questioned why a company that had recently begun to move away from publishing stories on its news platform would now allow anyone to publish news from a news outlet without having to pay a dime.
The move to open source has been controversial in some circles, especially for outlets that don’t have the resources to make content for their own news platform.
In October, the Washington Post published an op-ed from two journalists and the president of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) questioning the rationale for the change.
The Post, the National Academy of Sciences and the National Coalition of Black Journalists, which represents over 200 media outlets and their employees, wrote that they have long been concerned that open source platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have made it harder for journalists to do their jobs.
The Op-Ed argues that the “unprecedented” nature of Facebook’s move to the open source platform is “dangerous,” adding that it has created “a new world where news is seen and heard differently and where some news is suppressed.”
“These companies are going to have to be careful in what they publish because we don’t know what will happen if the government takes a position on them,” the group said.
The New Civil Rights Movement has been one of the few media outlets that has not backed away from the idea of open source.
In September, the organization released a statement on its website expressing support for the move to openness, and noted that Facebook had previously announced plans to create a new platform called The First Freedom to provide free and open-source content.
While the group applauded the move by Facebook, the group argued that it was “not a necessary move” and argued that Facebook should instead focus on its existing news business model.
“This move to free and accessible news by Facebook is not an attempt at censorship but rather a necessary and long overdue step to restore some