Medium, the blog site Jeff Bezos used to attack the Enquirer, won't say whether the post violated its rules — but it says Bezos wont get paid a dime (AMZN)

Jeff Bezos

  • Medium isn’t
    commenting on whether or not Jeff
    Bezos
    violated its terms of service with his astonishing post
    on Thursday.
  • The online publishing site also won’t say whether Bezos gave it
    a heads up before he published it.
  • But Medium did confirm that, no matter how many people like his
    post, he won’t get paid for it.

When Amazon CEO
Jeff Bezos decided to accuse David Pecker, the CEO of National
Enquirer’s parent company,
of blackmail on Thursday
, he chose an interesting way to do it:
a post on Medium. 

Medium is a blogging media site founded by Evan Williams, one of
the founders of Twitter.
Bezos also
tweeted
about his blog post, to his 834,000 followers, so
that’s a double score for technologies created by Williams and used
by Bezos in this drama. (Just in case you haven’t been following
closely: intimate photos and text messages between
Bezos and the woman he was having an affair with were obtained by
the Enquirer
, which published some of the trove and threatened
to publish others).

Read:
Jeff Bezos’ investigator doesn’t think his phone was hacked. Here
are all the other theories of how the National Enquirer got his
private photos

Medium was a curious choice for Bezos to strike back at the
Enquirer because Bezos owns the Washington Post. He certainly could
have run an editorial there. And he runs Amazon which has Amazon
Web Services, one of the biggest internet tech companies on the
planet. It was more than capable of hosting his post, as well.

But, by choosing a neutral third-party blog-hosting site for his
revelations and accusations, he clearly avoided some political, and
perhaps legal, ramifications. His Medium post alleges that one of
the reasons he wound up in this drama was because he owns the
Washington Post, which has made him a political target of Donald
Trump and the Saudis, who are not happy wth the Post’s coverage.
And he said his role at Amazon had been used by Enquirer publisher
AMI as a justification for some of its editorial decisions.

Did Bezos go too far in publishing the emails? 

Bezos held nothing back in his Medium post.  Not only did he
explicitly accuse the Enquirer of extortion and blackmail,
he published emails that he said proved it
. He didn’t edit the
emails to remove embarrassing details about his personal life. He
also didn’t edit out all the sender’s phone numbers and email
addresses.

And that’s caused an interesting sidebar in the drama, with some
journalists wondering if Bezos violated Medium’s terms of
service.

As
Wired’s Louise Mtsakis pointed out,
the post appears to violate
Medium’s rules, which doesn’t
allow
“Posting copies of private communications between private
individuals without the explicit consent of all parties to the
communication.”

And Medium has
definitely used this rule
to
take down posts
before.

Medium had no comment on that when asked by Business Insider. It
also wouldn’t say if Bezos gave the company a heads up that the
post was coming or if it just showed up on their platform as a
surprise.

But they did tell us that he will not get paid for the post.
Medium pays writers based on how many claps they get. A clap is
akin to a “like” button.

This post has already gotten 185,000 claps.

But alas, to qualify for payment, a writer has to join the
partner program and has to put the post behind the paywall, where
people pay to see it.

“Mr. Bezos is not in the Medium Partner
Program
 and the story is not behind the metered paywall, so he
does not earn any money from his post,” a spokesperson confirmed to
Business Insider.

Medium has a complicated way of determining how much money each
popular article earns but it says the highest amount paid for a
story last month was $4,290.43. 

But even if Bezos breaks viewership and clap records, he’s not
owed a dime.

With a net worth of $131.5 billion, Bezos, the world’s richest
person, probably won’t mind. 

SEE ALSO: Amazon
CEO Jeff Bezos accuses National Enquirer publisher of ‘extortion’
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Medium, the blog site Jeff Bezos used to attack the Enquirer, won't say whether the post violated its rules — but it says Bezos wont get paid a dime (AMZN)