Earlier this week, Ze Frank—the leader of BuzzFeed’s burgeoning video empire, BuzzFeed Motion Pictures—issued a public memo to his employees explaining the terms of their employment. The crux of the memo—the necessity of which was sparked by Frank firing two women for appearing in videos produced by other companies—comes when he states what BuzzFeed Motion Pictures employees owe to their employer:
On Tuesday, Gawker reported that BuzzFeed had quietly removed from its site nearly 5,000 posts in April, a discovery the viral news conglomerate’s editor-in-chief refused to address before publication. Now BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti is explaining—or trying to explain—why his site disappeared those articles.
A web guru, viral media expert, and occasional social activist, Peretti is a partner in Arianna Huffington and Ken Lerer's HuffingtonPost.com and the founder of viral content aggregate BuzzFeed.com. He's also known for his online prankery: With his comedian sister Chelsea Peretti, he created viral sites like BlackPeopleLoveUs.com and the New York City Rejection Line.