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Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp plug-in is spying on journalists

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The service is unquestionably useful for journalists, but the Guardian has uncovered a darker side to the Verify plug-in.

News Corp subsidiary Storyful offers a browser plug-in called Verify that lets journalists quickly see whether the content they are viewing on social media–such as a video clip or photo–has been verified as legitimate. The service is unquestionably useful for journalists, but the Guardian has uncovered a darker side to the Verify plug-in. Any data journalists view on social media gets funneled into a Storyful Slack channel that about 40 of its employees have access to. This channel’s feed shows those employees everything that the journalists who use its plug-in are looking at on social media.

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