Verizon’s acquisition, driven largely by an interest in AOL’s ad tech and video assets, wasn’t universally positive news for those at The Huffington Post, TechCrunch and Engadget, which still aren’t sure what the AOL move means for their websites and jobs.
While AOL CEO Tim Armstrong has repeatedly assured those inside and outside the company that AOL plans to keep and continue investing in its editorial brands, the feeling among many AOL content staffers is that the ultimate decision will be out of his hands.
The telecoms giant has landed on the wrong side of topics such as net neutrality and user privacy over the years, which hasn’t won it many friends among tech journalists, and even fewer at Engadget.
His vitriol in part stemmed from the controversy surrounding Verizon’s failed tech blog Sugarstring, which was reportedly unable to write about topics such as American spying or net neutrality, which Verizon had a stake in.
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