Earlier this week the head of advertising product management with Facebook vented about the "hollowed" state of newspapers, the decline of cable and network news, and the feeble efforts to restore credibility by online journalism. As Charlie Warzel writes for BuzzFeed, it might be lost on Facebook that it bears some responsibility for the situation. And as Alex Howard writes for semper scriben, perhaps the best response by Facebook would be an investment in the work its executive complains is being lost.
The coup in Thailand has, not surprisingly, led to a media crackdown. The country is used to it and ranks among the least-free journalistically. Reuters reports on the situation and Agence-France Presse observes there are threats to block social media if content objectionable to the new regime surfaces.
In Pakistan, meanwhile, Twitter has agreed to block "blasphemous" Tweets for the first time there. The New York Times reports a total of five were withheld at the request of a senior bureaucrat and it appears that several might have been suppressed in anticipation of a recent day of protest. Twitter has a country-withheld content policy.