There is also a video version of the first article on YouTube
Most of the Wall Street Journal is behind a paywall. However, they also provide access to some articles via Apple News. If you go to a WSJ URL, you can then attempt to access the Apple News version via the Open News item in the Safari share sheet (accessible via the File menu if you haven’t put an icon for it in the toolbar).
Right, it’s strange that I could read these articles within the Twitter app. I don’t subscribe to WSJ; if I follow the link I posted earlier, I can’t read the full articles, either. It’s only in the web view within the Twitter app (on my phone; the only device I use to look at Twitter) that I can read them.
I’ve found that the Wall Street Journal puts all its videos on YouTube, so I’ll often link to them there, rather than sending someone into the paywalled article, even though usually (always?) lets you view a video at the top.
I totally get why publications do paywalled articles, but I hate being fed a link that implies I can read the article and then have it pulled away from me after I click through. If the link came with an indication that the article was paywalled, I wouldn’t feel betrayed.
Two quick ways to read a paywalled article is to use Archive.today or the Internet Archive. One or the other is almost always successful. I’ve written myself a little Shortcut that opens a page in Archive.is which makes the process quick (via share sheet on iOS or a keyboard shortcut on the Mac).
Another trick (doesn’t work on all sites) is to click the button for “Reader View”.
Many sites implement their paywall by popping up a window over the article text. But the entire article is present below the popup. If you activate reader view (and then maybe reload the page while in reader view), it often displays the full content.
Most paywalled sites that provide access to a few initial articles can be surmounted by removing your cookies for the site. In Mac Safari, you can do that by going to Settings>Privacy>Manage website Data and searching for the relevant domain. Click ‘remove’ and you should be good to go. On mobile systems, you can do the same thing by goint to Settings>Safari>Advanced>Website Data.
Or just browse the site in a Private window. This is what I do for sites like that. When you find another article you want to read, cmd-click the link and it will open in a Private tab behind the one you’re browsing. Since it’s a new private tab, it has no record of the cookies etc from the first page you read. It’s very quick to open several articles on a site and then read them one-by-one without having to open Preferences and remove the cookies manually.
In both Chromium-based browsers and Firefox, there is an extension called ‘Bypass Paywalls Clean (C)’. Mozilla has taken it out of their add-on store because it works so well. You can download it from Github and install it manually, and it will autoupdate with fixes every week. Go to magnolia1234 / Bypass Paywalls Firefox Clean · GitLab and scroll down to Installation for a link and instructions. Or for Chromium browsers, go to magnolia1234 / Bypass Paywalls Chrome Clean · GitLab
Some sites, eg The Times (of London) manage to defeat it, but articles can be read as archives, best achieved with the add-on Web Archives (I switch off all options save for archive.is).
And for scientific papers, the extension Unpaywall will often find an unlocked copy if only an abstract is visible without a subscription to the journal in question.
Combine these with uBlock Origin and the web becomes a rather civilised place. BTW, if I like the content of a site and want to support it (like this place!) I pay up, and so should you.