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About:Media — We used to read the newspaper, now the news reads us.

@stefanwehrmeyer, @annabelchurch and @pudo, Ghostery, May 2014

Sites like Facebook and Twitter are often criticised in the media for their data-based business models. Ironically, they share user behaviour with far fewer shady ad networks than the average news site. Visiting Facebook will only request data from Facebook’s own servers, while a visit to Die Welt or F.A.Z. will notify 59 and 55 different sites, respectively.

This means that news sites put their readers to a difficult choice: accept the pervasive surveillance by advertisers and metrics services, or block those elements and reduce the advertising revenue for the news sites whose services they enjoy consuming.

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