Unpublishing the news – it’s a thing

According to Google, the word “unpublish” is defined as a verb that means “to make content that has previously been published online unavailable to the public.”

Years ago, publishers did not face problems of information permanence when a daily printed product was quickly discarded the next day. In the old days – 25 years ago just pre-internet, we archived newspapers in a simple PDF or whatever format. We simply took a picture of the pages and filed them.

Honestly, it doesn’t surprise me – nor should it anyone else, that today more and more news publishers are receiving requests from individuals to remove, obscure or significantly alter once-accurate information published about them in the past. In some cases, these requests are happening many years after a story was initially published online.

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