Faces & Names: Kutcher website accused of plagiarism
Ashton Kutcher’s website, A+ (aplus.com), has been accused of plagiarizing entire pieces of content from other websites, including BuzzFeed and the Huffington Post.
Internet news site the Daily Dot has been investigating A+ and found that it has lifted entire stories and videos with very minor changes in the content and without properly crediting the source. It has recorded and screen-grabbed a large amount of content from the site.
A+ has since removed the questionable content after the Daily Dot asked for comment, according to The Guardian. It also reported that A+ has removed all content posted before July from the site, all tweets before Aug. 6 and all Facebook posts before Aug. 8.
Through his venture fund, A-Grade Investments, Kutcher has invested in multiple tech companies including Spotify, Airbnb, Foursquare, Fab, Uber, Dwolla and Path. Kutcher is instrumental in getting the word out on the companies he invests in. He regularly points to them on social media. He has 16.3 million followers on Twitter alone.