Updated Guidance On References To Facebook And ‘NPR Live’

Starting Jan. 1, Facebook will not be paying NPR for any videos we put on the social media site.

In stories we do about Facebook the next few weeks, we should still err on the side of disclosure. The line can be something like “until recently, Facebook paid NPR to produce videos that run on the social media site.”

Then, beginning the week of Jan. 29, in almost all cases such disclosures won’t be necessary. The most likely exception would be in a story specifically involving Facebook’s video ventures. Then, the line could be something like “from 2016 through 2017, Facebook paid NPR and some other news organizations for the videos they ran on the social media site.”

Consult with the DMEs or Standards & Practices editor if this issue comes up.

This replaces our earlier guidance.

(“Memmos;” Dec. 26, 2017)

December 26, 2017

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