I sometimes publish links to Medium articles. Often the articles are behind the Medium paywall. This gets the author a few bucks per month, paid by “Medium members”. I’m still a Medium member until March (I paid for one whole year), but I won’t extend my membership after that, mainly because I don’t get enough value out of the subscription (many articles are clickbait or do not interest me). But in itself I think it’s good that authors are paid directly by readers’ money and not by tracking readers.
But it is quite easy to read more than three articles behind the paywall per month. Medium stores cookies in the browser to see how often paywall articles have been read and when they can prevent you from reading more. But if you open Medium links in a private window (read here how this can be done in Firefox), the cookies are deleted after closing the browser window and the counter is reset.