Nieman Journalism Lab: A merger of chumbox-mongers might leave publishers a little bit poorer (and their websites a little less revolting). “Chumboxes have been the target of Internet derision as long as they’ve been around — because they put unwanted viscera in front of our eyeballs, because they often play on the worst human biases, and because they, maddeningly, have long found a home on some of the most esteemed and prestigious news sites in the world.”
Yay! From Search Engine Roundtable: Google Calls Out Sites With Taboola Or Outbrain Links. “Nathan Johns, a relatively quiet search quality analysts in the Google Search department posted on Twitter that sites writing about fake news should ‘think twice’ about placing taboola or outbrain links on your site.” It isn’t clear this is an official Google position, but it’s good to see that SOMEONE affiliated with Google feels like this.