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What does 50onRed actually do? It’s a question some former staffers of the Philly adtech startup struggled to find out.
When they did, some left. Some didn’t:
“I think what they did is pretty despicable but I didn’t give a fuck. I was engrossed by the technical problems.” https://t.co/j7oB2Pyw4r
— Len Damico (@lendamico) May 31, 2016
That’s the central tension of an epic piece published today in Backchannel, Medium.com’s in-house technology publication. The in-depth feature was reported by Technical.ly Associate Editor Juliana Reyes. The piece quickly shot up to the top of Hacker News.
At question: the morally questionable practice of “ad injection.”
Backchannel reports it spoke with over a dozen former employees of 50onRed who detailed their involvement in the controversial technology. 50onRed leadership tells Backchannel that “its practices are above board” and compliant with Google and Microsoft guidelines.-30-
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