Jonna Venkata Karthik Raja, director of Paperbox in India, spoke about the ways content aggregators can help or hurt news media companies at INMA’s South Asia News Media Conference in New Delhi.
“Many of the news aggregators, the source which they get the news from is not a credible source; so this at times releases the wrong information to the people,” Raja said.
He said he has spoken with several major media companies on their experiences with these types of practices and found that many of the offenders don’t have good journalism themselves, which often results in copyright violations.
This can broaden the aspect of negative or fake news, which is a huge problem with content aggregators, Raja said.
Sometimes people don’t have the time to sit down and read the newspaper, he said. But if they get it delivered to their phones every morning, they might.
“That is how [Paperbox] was born; that is how the idea came about,” he said. “That is how we help newspapers to increase their readership. That’s how we think we are making a mark.”