Numlock News: October 12, 2018

By Walt Hickey Have a great weekend! Top Publishers Facebook, a personal information auctioneer that also serves as a Hobbesian clickbait crockpot, is a dominant traffic source for oodles of publishers that rise to the top, if only for a month or two at a time, by cracking the algorithm. Take the top publishers on Facebook in 2018. Sure, you’ve got some usual suspects in the top six: the BBC, New York Times, CNN and Fox News. But in the top two spots, with tens of millions of engagements, are UNILAD and LADbible. These publishers are a pair of content churners slinging good feelings and emotionally charged stories. They’ve been handsomely rewarded by the algorithm with

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