Great research into the effects of digitization on media landscape

The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) and the Netherlands Media Authority (CvdM) are going to investigate together whether online platforms such as Facebook and Twitter influence (negatively) the free news gathering and multiformity of the media. The regulators are going to investigate how news provision works via online platforms, the role of algorithms in this and what can be done if the identified risks threaten to become real

The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) and the Netherlands Media Authority (CvdM) are going to investigate together whether online platforms such as Facebook and Twitter influence (negatively) the free news gathering and multiformity of the media.

The regulators are going to investigate how news provision works via online platforms, the role of algorithms in this and what can be done if the identified risks threaten to become real.

Media use is rising and changing. Consumers bring in short news via online platforms and opt for newspapers and magazines if they want more background. Due to digitization, the costs for production and distribution decrease.

Online platforms earn their money with the attention of users. With their offer they try to attract and retain consumers. The online platforms earn money with the attention of users through advertising. In doing so, they compete with traditional media.

The research must answer questions such as: Is news provision via online platforms a problem or an enrichment of the media landscape? Possible online platforms attract people with fake news. There are also noises that manipulations of sequences by algorithms or trending topics are the order of the day, aimed at retaining the attention of consumers. Can users then make the distinction between real news and fake news?

If possible dangers are mentioned: a lack of multiformity through filter bubbles, media penalize quality because they want to be online as quickly as possible and platforms can exercise a lot of power over their users.

Some believe that the media landscape is more pluriform than ever; there is more choice and choice than ever for information.

The research results in a joint publication in the first months of 2018.