How to bypass (some) media paywalls

I recently came across The Uber Game, an interactive simulation of a week as a driver with Uber1. The end of the simulation provided a link to a related Financial Times article, which was unfortunately paywalled. Despite this, I still wanted to read it, so I used a simple trick: I added https://facebook.com/l.php?u= to the front of the article’s URL.

Why does this work? Many media sites will allow articles to be read if they are linked from social media. For example, if I click on a WSJ article one of my friends has shared on Facebook, I can view the full article – with comments – without having to pay for a pricey membership. However, I cannot do the same if I attempt to access the article directly from the WSJ website. Mass media sites have the ability to cut off this feature at a moment’s notice, but given the presumably high conversion rate of social media clocks, I’m not sure this feature will be removed anytime soon.

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1 I highly encourage you to check it out. It doesn’t take much time and I found it to be informative.