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CNN Launches for People to Upload, Share and Discuss News


CNN Worldwide today announced the beta launch of, its first uncensored, unfiltered, unedited, user-generated community Web site. Scheduled for a full-scale launch in March, provides users with an open forum and a set of tools and applications to upload, share and discuss news with each other.

Currently available at, is a natural progression of the network’s extremely successful iReport initiative, which has generated nearly 100,000 video, photo and text submissions to since the initiative’s launch 18 months ago. Many iReports received – such as critical cell phone video from the Virginia Tech shootings, images of the bridge collapse in Minneapolis, Minn., and eyewitness accounts of severe weather and political protests around the world – provided an added dimension to CNN’s reports each day and for Headline News’ News to Me, the first user-generated television program on cable news.

After undergoing an extensive vetting process, only 10 percent of the iReports received by CNN have appeared on-air or; but on all submissions will be instantly available. contributors also may gain recognition by having the material they submit to the site – once vetted and approved for use – appear on a CNN network or

“CNN is tremendously excited to launch this new global community site, a destination for all iReports and iReporters,” said Susan Grant, executive vice president of CNN News Services. “We are thrilled to now have a platform where all iReport submissions are available for anyone and everyone who wants to view them.”

Any visitor to can view all content on the site without registering, or they can create their own profile pages; submit audio, photos, video and text; and connect with other iReporters who have shared interests, in ways similar to other social networking sites. The site provides users with simple tools for connecting with the broader world of social media already happening on sites such as Facebook, Digg,, reddit and StumbleUpon. Registered members on can become “Superstar iReporters,” the top 20 percent of the site’s members each week, determined by a tally of members’ contributions, ratings, popularity and site activity.

Following the model of most other user-generated content sites, has established Community Guidelines and will not censor or screen the site’s content. As long as a submission adheres to the guidelines, it will appear on Beyond that, the site’s users determine the content of and can flag material for review by an independent, third-party moderator.


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