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Verizon Pulls Plug On Controversial Tech Site SugarString

FILE- In this Tuesday, June 12, 2012, file photo, the Verizon logo is seen at Verizon store in Mountain View, Calif. Verizon
FILE- In this Tuesday, June 12, 2012, file photo, the Verizon logo is seen at Verizon store in Mountain View, Calif. Verizon Communications Inc., parent of the country’s largest cellphone carrier, on Thursday, July 19, 2012, said its net income rose 13 percent in the second quarter as its wireless arm pulled in record profits. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

Verizon has reportedly shut down its controversial tech site SugarString.

The site was Verizon's attempt at entering the burgeoning world of online tech-news, similar in mission to tech-lifestyle outlets like Wired or Motherboard. SugarString first drew criticism in October, however, when the Daily Dot reported that the site's writers were not permitted to cover stories pertaining to Net Neutrality or U.S. spying practices, two issues in which Verizon is deeply enmeshed.

"Downside is there are two verboten topics (spying and net neutrality), but I've been given a pretty wide berth to cover pretty much all other topics that touch tech in some way," editor Cole Stryker wrote in an email to a writer, which broke the initial story. "So that's pretty much it as far as content restrictions go. The upside is that we have a big budget to pay people well, make video documentaries, and other fun shit."

DSL Report reported that SugarString would cease operations Wednesday morning, and Verizon later confirmed the news with The New York Times.

“As you know, we’ve always said this was a pilot project," read a statement. "And as with any pilot project, we evaluate, take our learnings, improve our execution and move forward.”

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