BuzzFeed reinstates deleted posts after controversy

BuzzFeed has reinstated two posts after controversy stemming from recent charges that they were taken down from the site in response to advertisers. Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith tweeted a note to editorial employees explaining the decision to republish the posts.

“Twice in the last couple of months, I’ve asked editors – over their better judgement and without any respect to our standards or process – to delete recently published posts from the site. Both involved the same thing: my overreaction to questions we’ve been wrestling with about the place of personal opinion pieces on our site. I reacted impulsively when I saw the posts and I was wrong to do that. We’ve reinstated both with a brief note.”

-Ben Smith, BuzzFeed editor-in-chief, in a note to editorial employees

The posts, one about board game Monopoly written by UK editor Tom Chivers and one about a Dove soap ad written by beauty editor Arabelle Sicardi, both carry the following editor’s note:

“This post was inappropriately deleted amid an ongoing conversation about how and when to publish personal opinion pieces on BuzzFeed. The deletion was in violation of our editorial standards and the post has been reinstated.”

Source: Poynter


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