Facebook could start employing editors to select "high-quality news" to show to users, in the social network's latest attempt to lose its reputation as a source for disinformation.
Mark Zuckerberg said he is considering the introduction of a dedicated news section on the social network, which could use either humans or algorithms to chose stories from outlets that are "broadly trusted" by society.
"We're not going to have journalists making news," said the social network boss, who explained the aim of the new feature would be to promote material produced by third parties. "What we want to do is make sure that this is a product that can get people high-quality news."
Zuckerberg also said he is considering whether Facebook should start paying news publishers to include their articles in this news section in order to reward "high-quality, trustworthy content."MORE
Facebook's effort to establish a service that provides its users with local news and information is being hindered by the lack of outlets where the company's technicians can find original reporting.
The service, launched last year, is currently available in some 400 cities in the United States. But the social media giant said it has found that 40 percent of Americans live in places where there weren't enough local news stories to support it.
Facebook announced Monday it would share its research with academics at Duke, Harvard, Minnesota and North Carolina who are studying the extent of news deserts created by newspaper closures and staff downsizing.MORE
The Post and Courier (Charleston, S.C.) has launched a new Facebook group exclusively for its subscribers – or what the paper calls its Insiders.MORE
Editors and others who are responsible for growing audience through social media are encouraged to apply for a scholarship to attend the 2019 Mega Conference ($895 value) being held at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel, Las Vegas, Nev.MORE
Over the next three years, we will invest $300 million in news programs, partnerships and content.
We are also expanding our Accelerator pilot, which launched in the United States in 2018 to help local newsrooms with subscription and membership models. This year, we'll commit over $20 million to continue the local Accelerator in the United States and to expand the model globally, including in Europe.MORE
Speaking at Axios' Media Trends event Monday night, Facebook's head of global news partnerships Campbell Brown formally announced a policy to try to appease publishers' concerns over a controversial archive of political ads on its platform, which would also include ads promoting publishers' political content.
Why it matters: It's Facebook's latest effort to make nice with publishers, which continue to show frustration with changes and experiments to news functions on its platform.
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On Monday, Feb. 26, the News Media Alliance again called on Congress to allow publishers to negotiate collectively with dominant online platforms, namely Facebook and Google.
In an Op-Ed published in The Wall Street Journal, Alliance President & CEO David Chavern announced that Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI), the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee, is expected to introduce a bill soon that would amend anti-trust laws to incorporate a safe harbor, allowing news publishers to negotiate with the big tech platforms, and therefore flowing needed ad dollars back to the deserving parties, the news publishers.
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On Jan. 11, Facebook made some major changes that could seriously impact newspaper advertisers. So, how do you turn this news into more ad dollars for you?
Veteran media sales expert, Ryan Dohrn, will share the ins and outs of these changes, and explain what you can do to turn these changes into money in your pocket! From an explanation of changes to tips on how to educate your advertisers, this is a must-attend webinar for ad sales executives of all levels.MORE
The Mega-Conference will be held Feb. 26-28 in San Diego.
Veteran journalist Emily Weaver has been named managing editor of The Daily Record in Dunn, N.C., and The Mount Olive Tribune.More
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