Facebook hiring journalists to curate its new News Tab
Muhammad Mubeen Javed
On Tuesday, Facebook confirmed plans for News Tab that will be edited by seasoned journalists, in a departure from its practice of letting algorithms dictate a user’s experience.
A human team will choose reliable, relevant breaking and top news stories.
Other sections of the tab will depend on algorithms to figure out a user’s interest-based on “signals”. Such as pages followed, subscriptions to publications and interactions with online.
Campbell Brown, Facebook head of news partnerships told AFP:
“The goal of News Tab is to provide a personalized, highly relevant experience for users. We are pulling together a team of journalists to ensure we are highlighting the right stories for the Top News section of the tab. I believe we can provide users a better news experience on Facebook.”
Brown said, a software will determined the majority of stories users see.
The tab would be separate from the trademark news feed that displays updates and content from the user’s friends. Facebook Watch allows users to peruse news shows funded by social media and other on-demand online content.
The company has launched an array of initiatives to support journalism as social media has been under pressure to avoid becoming a platform to spread misinformation.
Facebook will pay publishers to license news content for the tab.