Facebook Hiring Journalists To Organise Its New News Tab

by Chandrani Sarkar August 21, 2019

On Tuesday, Facebook has confirmed its plans for a News Tab, which will be edited by seasoned journalists, in a retreat from its longstanding practice of allowing algorithms dictate a user’s experience. 

The team will select reliable, relevant breaking and top news stories. 

Other sections of the News Tab will depend on algorithms to figure out interest of user that are based on “signals” like pages followed, interactions with online news or subscriptions to publication. 

Facebook News Partnerships’ Head Campbell Brown told sources, “Our goal with the News Tab is to provide a personalized, highly relevant experience for people.”

He said, “For the Top News section of the tab we’re pulling together a small team of journalists to ensure we’re highlighting the right stories.”

However, people consider that major stories will be directed by software, said Mr. Brown. 

The News Tab would be seperated from the trademark news feed on Facebook, which will display the content and updates from people’s friends. 

Facebook allows users to peruse news shows funded by social network and other on-demand for online content.  

California-based Facebook has unveiled an array of initiatives to bolster and support journalism as social media has been under intense pressure to avoid become a tool to spread deception. 

Earlier this month, Mr. Brown tweets, “Working with news industry to get Facebook’s News Tab right is our goal and focus this year.”

He continued, “Still early days but we are getting tremendous partner feedback on the product. I believe we can provide people on Facebook a better news experience.”

Facebook will allegedly pay some publishers to license news content for the News Tab. 

Facebook Co-Founder and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg has said that he wanted “to make sure that to the extent that we can, we’re funding as much high-quality journalism as possible.”

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