Twitter acquires ad-free news reader Scroll

Twitter Inc. acquired Scroll, an ad-free information reader product, and mentioned it expects to drag 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 As we speak, and affords tales from these publishers to paying clients. The tales don’t have adverts, and Scroll shares a number of 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 mentioned Tuesday in a weblog publish. Deal phrases weren’t disclosed. Scroll, which has places of work 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 various choices. The San Francisco-based firm additionally just lately acquired Revue, a e-newsletter startup, with plans to earn money from subscriptions. Twitter envisions the 2 merchandise working collectively, and saids customers might in the future 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 Govt Officer Tony Haile in a weblog publish. “If journalism have been to vanish tomorrow their enterprise would keep on 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 on the lookout for methods to develop enterprise outdoors of digital promoting, which makes up the majority of income. Promoting could be inconsistent and Twitter mentioned final week that advert gross sales acquired off to a gradual begin in 2021 thanks partly 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 previously six months. The information reader startup was first introduced in late 2016, and raised cash from various publishers, together with Axel Springer SE, Information Corp. and the New York Instances.

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