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Ashton Kutcher’s Viral Content Site Has Been Plagiarizing From Buzzfeed and Others

Culture

Ashton Kutcher’s Viral Content Site Has Been Plagiarizing From Buzzfeed and Others

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The Daily Dot has just published a piece that unpacks the striking similarities between posts on A+, a recent, would-be viral content site cofounded by Ashton Kutcher, and many other content farms such as Buzzfeed, The Huffington Post, and others. You should go read the piece there because they did all the work and that would only be fair and nice!

They noticed that the site, which boasts that it already has 30 million unique visitors a month, had been publishing nearly identical versions of listicles that appeared elsewhere, and reached out to them for comment. A+ then did the responsible thing and deleted almost everything on the site, as well as all of their tweets and Facebook posts prior to last month. Maybe, like Buzzfeed recently said when they were caught surreptitiously deleting posts from their site, they were merely tidying up the site to fall in line with their new editorial standards? Their months old editorial standards.

Kutcher has been promoting the site on his own massively popular social media accounts, the Daily Dot points out.

Of course the irony of a site like Buzzfeed, who just underwent a high profile plagiarism scandal, and 90% of whose content is lifted from others, being plagiarized themselves is pretty delightful. If you plagiarize from a plagiarist it swoops all the way back around and becomes cool and legal again.

Anyway, the internet is a cesspool of our own design and we are all shared the content we deserve. Bye.

 

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