RSS LinkedIn Google Plus

Call us: 0800 014 9884

NewsNow slams Times Online block

NewsNow_slams_Times_Online_block_3581

NewsNow issues link warning

NewsNow has argued that the “entire basis on which the internet runs” is under threat after News International demanded that it stop linking to Times Online content.

This week, the aggregator was told to stop linking to stories on the news website. News International also implemented a technical solution, using the robots.txt protocol to request that search engine spiders cease to crawl the pages of Times Online.

Several commentators have suggested that the move may be the first step in News International’s paywall plan. In August 2009, chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch declared that he wanted to charge users to read the company’s content online.

NewsNow on its own

However, NewsNow has complained that it is the only major search engine to be blocked in this manner. While the UK’s largest aggregator can no longer link to news stories, it appears similar restrictions have not been imposed on international rivals such as Yahoo or market leader Google News.

Shaun Bartlett, director and chairman of NewsNow, described the move as “lamentable” and warned that it could have far-reaching consequences. “The freedoms to link and quote sources and compare and contrast reported views are press freedoms on which News International itself relies,” he said. “Arbitrary attacks on news search engines therefore undermine press freedom as well as the entire basis on which the internet runs.”

Although links to Times Online content have been removed, the aggregator continues to provide headlines for other leading media organisations including the Guardian, the Telegraph, the BBC and Sky News. Moreover, a banner ad has been added to the top of the NewsNow homepage and major sections. It calls on the site’s estimated two million monthly users to sign up to the Right2Link campaign, of which NewsNow is the founding sponsor.

Written by Richard Frost

Testimonials

"theEword are scrupulously honest and hardworking"

~ Britannia Living ~

  Britannia Living

"theEword consistently go above and beyond"

~ Merlin Entertainments ~

  Merlin Entertainments

"They are so creative, they come up with so many fantastic ideas"

~ Manchester Law Society ~

  Manchester Law Society

"They really care about what they do and they care about your business as well"

~ Bermans ~

  Bermans

View more of our testimonials »

james_riches_swap

February UK search market share: Bing breaks 7% barrier Monday 2nd of March, 2015by James Riches Last month, Bing continued to increase its share of the UK search market, jumping above 7%. Meanwhile, celebrities generated a lot of searches in a busy month for entertainment.

More on this story »

Google continues to improve Knowledge Graph Tuesday 3rd of March, 2015by Andy Williams Google has continued the Stateside expansion of its Knowledge Graph feature by including hotel booking information within city search results.

More on this story »

Google proposes to rank websites on facts Wednesday 4th of March, 2015by Martin Lindley Websites may soon see their Google rankings affected if they fail to meet the criteria set out in a new trustworthiness ranking, Knowledge Based Trust (KBT).

More on this story »
theEword - 5 hours ago

Google proposes to rank websites on facts: http://t.co/h2csehd9z4 http://t.co/2CkJjMyBqZ

Reply Retweet Favourite
theEword - 7 hours ago

Digital marketing tip #8: You must be a film maker http://t.co/vBFOoo1NCR http://t.co/kUVs3GDhjN

Reply Retweet Favourite
theEword - 8 hours ago

Google continues to improve Knowledge Graph: http://t.co/rrVn7MJRc0

Reply Retweet Favourite
theEword - 1 day ago

How to write content good enough for the red carpet: http://t.co/OJ73x8QklT http://t.co/BU1M2wvsVH

Reply Retweet Favourite
theEword - 1 day ago

Digital marketing tip #7: The Devils in the data http://t.co/vBFOoo1NCR http://t.co/MLqGBjofRs

Reply Retweet Favourite

Five ways to ensure you're writing great content in 2015 Friday 6th of February, 2015by Dan Moores 2014's Google algorithm updates made it very clear that 'Google-friendly' and 'reader-friendly' are starting to mean the same thing. We need to impress audiences, not search engines.

More on this story »

What do you need to know about your prospective customers th... Tuesday 10th of February, 2015by Sian English Do you really know the right things about your prospective customers? The more you know, the more targeted you can be with any marketing activity, and, the faster your business will grow.

More on this story »

Starstruck: five tricks from Hollywood you can use to write ... Wednesday 25th of February, 2015by Martin Lindley The stars have something that we want. You know the answer. They have attention. But is there anything Hollywood uses to get attention that we can also use? Yes. Let me explain.

More on this story »

Who loves theEword

Who loves theEword Who loves theEword