A doorbell company owned by Amazon wants to start producing “crime news” and it’ll definitely end well

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This is weird, even for 2019. Amazon is hiring an editor to produce crime news stories based on videos shared by the owners of Ring doorbells. This is... not a good idea.

Even once you get past the absurdity of it all — a doorbell company writing crime news — it’s a bad direction to be going in. They say they’re selling safety, but they’re really selling fear. And it’s also a reminder that, if local news organizations go away, you might not like what fills the gaps they leave behind.

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