Journalist Venkat Ananth talks to returning host Pavan Srinath on what it takes from good journalism to hold Big Tech accountable, in light of the retracted XCheck / Meta story by published by The Wire.

Tech platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Tiktok and Twitter wield immense societal, economic and political power across the world today. Good tech journalism requires a deep knowledge of large multinational conglomerates, deep technical and business knowledge, as well as carefully cultivated access and immense persistence.

Venkat Ananth explains each aspect of sound tech journalism and the processes and the discipline needed for them, sharing his own experiences across stories, as well as analysing what may have gone wrong with the ambitious and now-retracted story by The Wire.

Venkat Ananth is a journalist with over 15 years of experience in leading Indian newspapers and business publications such as The Hindustan Times, Mint, The Ken, and, The Economic Times. He is also co-founder and CEO of The Signal, free-to-read, daily, curated newsletter that helps understand the latest developments in technology, business, finance, economy and policy.

Related reading:

Inside the messy fight between Meta and The Wire, The Verge

The Wire Editorial: To Our Readers, an Apology and a Promise

Facebook convinced poll panel to settle on a voluntary code, Venkat Ananth and Deeksha Bharadwaj, Hindustan Times

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