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Snopes.com

Postby Hairyloon » Tue Jul 25, 2017 7:40 am

I'm expecting that most of you will have heard of, and used snopes.com, but in case you have not, it is a well reputed fact checking website and as such is very helpful.
It is apparently in danger of closing due to a legal wrangle:

Since our inception, we have always been a self-sustaining site that provides a free service to the online world: we've had no sponsors, no outside investors or funding, and no source of revenue other than that provided by online advertising. Unfortunately, we have been cut off from our historic source of advertising income.

We had previously contracted with an outside vendor to provide certain services for Snopes.com. That contractual relationship ended earlier this year, but the vendor will not acknowledge the change in contractual status and continues to essentially hold the Snopes.com web site hostage. Although we maintain editorial control (for now), the vendor will not relinquish the site’s hosting to our control, so we cannot modify the site, develop it, or — most crucially — place advertising on it. The vendor continues to insert their own ads and has been withholding the advertising revenue from us.

https://www.savesnopes.com/
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Re: Snopes.com

Postby Russell » Wed Jul 26, 2017 3:30 pm

Snopes isn't impartial. However, its very useful and it would be sad to see it go.
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Re: Snopes.com

Postby atticus » Wed Jul 26, 2017 4:07 pm

It is objective
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Re: Snopes.com

Postby Hairyloon » Wed Jul 26, 2017 9:43 pm

Apparently:

Proper Media considers itself an owner of Bardav, not a vendor. As Proper Media tells it, Barbara Mikkelson, Mr. Mikkelson�s ex-wife, sold her 50 percent share to Proper Media in 2016, but for tax purposes it was bought in the name of its individual members �for the benefit of Proper Media.� Two Proper Media officers, Drew Schoentrup and Christopher Richmond, would get 20 percent stakes in Bardav, while three others would own 3.33 percent stakes.

Proper Media said the deal included Mr. Schoentrup taking a seat on a two-person board alongside Mr. Mikkelson.

But Mr. Mikkelson, who owns the other 50 percent of the Bardav shares, said that Mr. Schoentrup does not sit on the board, and that the five shareholders should be viewed individually, as opposed to collectively, giving Proper Media equal ownership.

Mr. Schoentrup�s on or off status on the board is crucial in Mr. Mikkelson�s decision to cancel Bardav�s contract with Proper Media, which handles many of the technological and advertising services for Snopes. In March, Bardav gave Proper Media a 60-day notice that it would be terminating the contract, effective May 8. Mr. Mikkelson said the contract was agreed to when Snopes was a much smaller company, but now it had its own business-focused employees and other services �can be obtained much more cheaply from other vendors.�

Karl Kronenberger, a lawyer for Proper Media, said in an interview on Monday that Mr. Mikkelson cannot cancel the contract without calling a board meeting � which, in Proper Media�s view, would include Mr. Schoentrup. The company has continued as if the contract remained valid.

Last week, the sides agreed in court that Proper Media, which cannot directly pay Snopes employees, would release $100,000 of the advertising revenues to Bardav, on the condition that the money be used for expenses and not be paid to Mr. Mikkelson, according to Mr. Kronenberger. Proper Media sued Mr. Mikkelson in May, accusing him of mismanaging the company�s funds and abusing his position.

Mr. Kronenberger said Mr. Mikkelson has locked Proper Media out of Bardav�s bank accounts and �key databases it needs to do its job,� and he disputed that Proper Media had locked Bardav out from making technological changes.

�Mr. Mikkelson has absolute control of this domain name,�� Mr. Kronenberger said. �He can move it within minutes.�

As for the advertising revenue, �Our position is nothing is being wrongfully withheld,� he said.
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Re: Snopes.com

Postby Russell » Thu Jul 27, 2017 12:12 am

atticus wrote:It is objective


Not necessarily https://www.forbes.com/sites/kalevleeta ... 716ee3227f
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