Looks like Rupert Murdoch is not giving up on his 2010 resolution to stop directing traffic towards any of his newspapers’ Web sites.
Murdoch’s News International confirmed yesterday that it is blocking British Web aggregator NewsNow.co.uk from crawling its U.K. newspaper Web sites, including News of The World, The Sun and The Times, essentially eliminating links to those sites’ content on the aggregator’s site. Some noticed on Friday that The Times‘ online content was no longer on NewsNow.
Explained a News International spokesperson in a statement:
“NewsNow has been using Times Online content as part of its paid-for, commercial as well as free services. They have continued to do so despite our direct requests for them to stop. As a result, we have taken the decision to disallow their indexing of our content.”
So we ask FishbowlNY readers: how long until Google gets a similar treatment from Murdoch’s companies, now that they’ve finally got the ball rolling on blocking aggregators? Does it take using News Corp. products as part of paid content to push Murdoch to the edge?
Read More: News International to block NewsNow from all its websites –The Guardian