Do you think bloggers should disclose when they receive free products from companies?
I think that bloggers should disclose when they receive a product because that endorsement could affect how they write or use that company within their blog. If that company, for example, expects the blogger to share a certain opinion about a topic, or even the company, in return for the free product, that could really affect the blog. Companies my not always expect something in return, but just so the reader’s know what is going on, I think it would be in the best interest of the blogger to disclose what is going on behind the scenes.
Do you think bloggers should be held accountable for fact-checking the same way that journalists do?
This is a little tougher to answer. If it is a small blog that, say, 10 people visit, I do not think the blogger should be held accountable the same way journalists do. However, if it is a larger blog that thousands or more people visit daily, then yes they should. My view is that once the blog hits a certain amount of daily views, then the blogger should be held accountable for fact-checking. This way, the potentially false information does not get spread around to the public. Obviously, if there is a major lie that everyone knows is false or if plagiarism is going on, then obviously the blogger should be held accountable.