Twitter acquires ad-free information reader Scroll

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Twitter Inc. acquired Scroll, an ad-free newsreader product, and stated it expects to tug the service into a brand new subscription providing being deliberate.

Scroll works with a handful of publishers, together with BuzzFeed Information, the Atlantic and USA Immediately, and provides tales from these publishers to paying prospects. The tales don’t have adverts, and Scroll shares among the income from its subscriptions with the publishers.

Scroll will briefly halt new subscribers whereas its 13-person workforce joins the social media firm, Twitter stated Tuesday in a weblog submit. Deal phrases weren’t disclosed. Scroll, which has workplaces in New York Metropolis and Portland, is backed by buyers together with Union Sq. Ventures

Twitter has spoken publicly about its curiosity in promoting a subscription product and is contemplating plenty of choices. The San Francisco-based firm additionally just lately acquired Revue, a publication startup, with plans to earn cash from subscriptions. Twitter envisions the 2 merchandise working collectively and stated customers could someday pay to learn newsletters or tales from sure publishers instantly on Twitter with none adverts.

“For each different platform, journalism is dispensable,” wrote Scroll Chief Government Officer Tony Haile in a weblog submit. “If journalism had been to vanish tomorrow their enterprise would keep it up a lot as earlier than. Twitter is the one giant platform whose success is deeply intertwined with a sustainable journalism ecosystem.”

The social media firm is searching for methods to develop enterprise exterior of digital promoting, which makes up the majority of income. Promoting will be inconsistent and Twitter stated final week that advert gross sales acquired off to a sluggish begin in 2021 thanks partially to civil unrest within the U.S. and delayed public occasions, like Hollywood’s Academy Awards presentation. A subscription enterprise would supply a extra regular and predictable income stream.

Scroll is Twitter’s sixth deal up to now six months. The information reader startup was first introduced in late 2016, and raised cash from plenty of publishers, together with Axel Springer SE, Information Corp. and the New York Occasions.

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