Twitter on Tuesday said it is buying Scroll and its advertisement-free news app to bolster a coming subscription service, and channel money to journalism in the process.
The global one-to-many messaging platform did not disclose how much it is paying for Scroll, which owns the Nuzzel app.
US-based Scroll confirmed the acquisition, apologising to users that it will go into a private beta mode as it is integrated into a Twitter subscription play later this year.
“Scroll is at the heart of a coalition of publishers and platforms building a new user experience model that sustainably funds journalism,” chief executive Tony Haile said in a blog post.
“At the core of that is a simple membership that enables people to fund the sites they love, without having to deal with the ads and trackers they don’t.”
Subscribers can visits an array of websites such as The Atlantic, The Verge, and USA Today for news stories “with no ads, no dodgy trackers and no chumboxes of clickbait,” according to Scroll.
News publishers get attention and money in the process.
“As a Twitter subscriber, picture getting access to premium features where you can easily read articles from your favorite news outlet, or a writer’s newsletter from Revue, with a portion of your subscription going to the publishers and writers creating the…