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A tabloid is both a paper size and a term for the style of the newspapers that — especially in the United Kingdom — tend to use that format. Tabloid is the smaller of the two standard newspaper sizes; the larger newspapers are called broadsheets. The name seems to derive from a pharmaceutical trademark meaning compressed tablet, and has been applied to other small things.

Tabloids tend to emphasise sensational stories and are reportedly prone to create their news if they feel that the subjects cannot, or will not, sue for libel. In this respect, much of the content of the tabloid press could be said to fall into the category of junk food news.

This style of journalism has been exported to America and various other countries. In the People's Republic of China, Chinese tabloids have exploded in popularity in since the mid-1990s and have tested the limits of press censorship by taking editorial positions critical of the government and for engaging in critical investigative reporting.

Since 1999 all major US tabloids (Enquirer, Star, Globe, Examiner, íMira!, Sun, Weekly World News) have been under single ownership, which some readers fear has undermined the tabloids' traditional competitiveness and has significantly altered their editorial policies and news coverage.

The biggest tabloid (and newspaper in general) in Europe, by circulation, is Germany's Bild-Zeitung, with around 4 million copies (down from above 5 million in the 1980s). Although its paper size is bigger, its style was copied from the British tabloids.

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