Verizon denies censoring spying stories on own tech news website

Verizon, a company that handed over millions of its customers' phone records to the NSA, has denied banning reporters on a new website it is bankrolling from writing about US government "spying" or net neutrality.

According to the Daily Dot, a recruitment email from SugarString, which was launched in June by the US communications firm, told a prospective employee (in this case, one of the Dot's reporters) about the apparent self-censorship.

A screengrab of the email supposedly sent by SugarString’s new editor Cole Stryker can be viewed here.

Responding to the story, a spokesperson for Verizon told

SugarString is a pilot project from Verizon Wireless' marketing group, designed to address tech trends, especially those of interest to our customers.

Unlike the characterisation by its new editor, SugarString is open to all topics that fit its mission and elevate the conversation around technology.

  • Verizon statement
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