BuzzFeed editor in chief Ben Smith sent a memo to staff Thursday reminding members of the outletâs news team to refrain from taking âpartisan standsâ on social media.
The memo, which Smith provided to Business Insider in response to an inquiry, came after a reporter posted a pair of now-deleted tweets to her account during a video played before President Barack Obamaâs Wednesday speech at the Democratic National Convention.
In a memo to staff, editor in chief Ben Smith acknowledged that the site had deleted more than 1,000 posts â three of them after complaints from advertisers. Gawker first reported on the deletions.
âBuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith told staff in a memo on Tuesday that itâs permissible for them to call Donald Trump a racist as a fact on social media,â Politico reports.
Ben Smith, editor in chief of BuzzFeed, said he overreacted when he asked staff members to take down articles that were critical of sponsorsâ advertising.
A note to editorial staff sent Friday evening from BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith announced that the website has parted ways with Benny Johnson â a viral politics editor â after identifying â40 instances of sentences or phrases ...