By closing less than a year after it launched, The Messenger will be now one of the biggest busts in the annals of online news. Mr. Beckman predicted that The Messenger would generate $50 million this year. Mr. Harris was a backer of The Hill, which Mr. Finkelstein sold to Nexstar in 2020 for $130 million. “The Messenger was built off expertise of an internet that no longer exists,” said Ms. Kalita. “Facebook was not going to surface its links no matter how clickable those headlines were.”The post The Messenger to Close After Less Than a Year appeared first on New York Times.