Countries around the world have rules to ensure media plurality — the diverse ownership of news outlets so that no one owner can have undue influence over political discourse. Debates over the details of such rules are ongoing: the U.K. is looking at tightening its rules, while conversely, the U.S. might loosen its regulation.
- Publications that are found exclusively online, such as Yahoo! News and Huffington Post;
- Foreign news;
- Trade journals or other niche publications;
- and “crowd-sourced” news via social media.
- Yahoo News is a top 10 news site in 14 out of 30 countries with the largest online populations;
- All 10 countries with the largest online populations have at least one online-only publication among their top 3 news sites;
- and approximately 40% of visitors to websites of U.K. newspapers such as the Guardian and the Daily Mail are located outside the country.