Huffington Post Blocks Access for New York Times Staff

Published by: Mike Goldman on 1st Apr 2011 | View all blogs by Mike Goldman
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Huffington Post Blocks Access for New York Times Staff


In a curious attack on the New York Times, the AOL-owned Huffington Post has erected a paywall that only applies to employees of the newspaper.  In a message explaining the move to affected readers of Huffington content, founder Arianna Huffington said that from now on, NYT staff will only be allowed access to one free article on the news site per month.

If NYT workers would like to read more than the one free article in a month, Huffington said, they can subscribe to one of the company's new NYT Employee Digital Subscription Plans®.  The message to NYT employees will reportedly only appear to those for whom it was intended, as Huffington's servers will only display the it for users whose IP address emanates from the NYT headquarters building.  Read the message from Arainna Huffington to NYT staff below.


Dear New York Times Employee, thank you for visiting The Huffington Post!
We hope you’ve enjoyed your one free article this month.
As you may know, we are now charging New York Times employees for unlimited access to our content. You can come back next month for another free article or choose one of our NYT Employee Digital Subscription Plans ®.
In our most popular plan, Times employees can view the first 6 letters of each word at no charge (including slideshows of adorable kittens). After 6 letters, we will ask you to become a digital subscriber.
Subscribing is quick and easy.

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