Facebook May Just Hire Editors To Provide ‘Reliable’ and 'Quality' News On The Platform
Will you go on Facebook to read the news?
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is planning to bring 'quality' news to Facebook users. To be clear, Facebook is not jumping into the news business but is planning to filter information posted on the platform and provide 'quality' news to the people who use the service.
Mark Zuckerberg shared his plan to “host a series of public discussions about the future of technology in society - the opportunities, the challenges, the hopes, and the anxieties."
The Facebook founder was in Berlin recently and hosted a discussion with Mathias Döpfner, the CEO of Axel Springer, the largest publisher in Europe. In a conversation regarding the future of the internet and journalism and how they are related to each other, Zuckerberg talked about Facebook's plan to add a new dedicated tab for 'high-quality news' by the end of this year.
Just a few months ago, Facebook released a trending section, which was subsequently removed after accusations of bias over the stories that were selected by the editors of the section. Facebook fired them and the trending section has also been removed from the social media platform. Zuckerberg mentioned that the company was considering paying publishers to put out high-quality, trustworthy content on the platform. Recently, Apple launched its news subscription which follows an annual payment system. The market just got a little more crowded with the tech giant entering the fray.
Facebook has long been criticised for altering human decision through its pages and ads; the biggest example being the 2016 US election, which raised a ton of red flags regarding the social media platforms reach and power. Its subsidiary, WhatsApp is responsible for spreading ‘Fake news’ that led to a number of horrifying killings and lynching’s across India as well. Hopefully, this new step is the right path to repair the reputation Facebook has cultivated over the years.
But, there is still one big question that we have not answered yet, “Will you log in to Facebook, just to read the news?” Well, only time will tell if this measure will truly curb the platform of misleading information.