If you’re unfamiliar, I was a contributor for HuffPost. It doesn’t pay, and I’ve been quite vocal about it being slave labor.
I even wrote a Cracked article describing how to leverage the platform for mountains of free stuff.
Today after 13 years, it appears HuffPost is finally listening. They’re not paying contributors, hahah. Oh no – they’re still proud to have created a media empire off the back of slave labor. What they’re doing it dropping to contributor platform so no further slave benefits from it.
In the future, they’ll be commissioning work for HuffPost Opinion and HuffPost Personal.
Here’s the full email I received this morning describing how they’re shutting down the contributor platform on their U.S. site.
Of course, that means the U.K. and Canadian contributor platforms are still intact. It’ll be interesting to see if people continue using those.
Dear HuffPost Contributors,
When HuffPost launched in 2005, it introduced a group blogging platform that revolutionized and democratized online commentary. It allowed teachers, parents and protesters to share space with celebrities, politicians and CEOs while trading ideas on the pressing issues of the day. Over the years, more than 100,000 contributors have posted on the site, with many of you posting from the start.
Today, with the proliferation of social media and self-publishing platforms across the web, people have many more opportunities to share their thoughts and opinions online. At the same time, the quantity and volume of noise means truly being heard is harder than ever. Those who are willing to shout the loudest often drown out new, more-deserving voices. The same has proven to be true on our own platform.
It is with this in mind that we have made the decision to close the contributors platform on our U.S. site. Going forward, when you log in to the portal at contributors.huffingtonpost.com, you’ll see that you are able to access your previous drafts and published posts — and unpublish those posts if you choose to do so — but you won’t be able to post anything new. We won’t be taking down or making any changes to previously published content ourselves.
We’ll still be publishing commentary on the site, we’ll just be doing it at much smaller scale, collaborating with writers to share smart, original ideas and making sure that we’re lifting up the voices that have been left out of the conversation in the past. We hope to keep hearing from many of you in the future, and more information about how to pitch us your ideas will be published on the site.
Thanks for being an integral part of the HuffPost community. Your bold, thoughtful contributions to HuffPost’s contributor platform have helped to make us what we are today, and we are so grateful and proud to have had you with us in this endeavor.
The HuffPost Team