HuffPost shuts down popular unpaid contributor blog

HuffPost, the left-leaning website that skyrocketed to success as "The Huffington Post" under the George W. Bush administration, announced Thursday that it's shutting down its popular 2005 Opinion Bloggers program that featured over 100,000 contributors.

Why it matters: The original opinion-blogging program was an instrumental part of HuffPost's growth, but is now outdated in the age of social media. In a blog post announcing the change, Editor in Chief Lydia Polgreen noted that too many open platforms can lead to more noise and false information.