Facebook Plans to Hire a 20-Year Media Veteran After Fake News Controversies

Ghuncha Shaheed
Dec 13, 2016
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Facebook has had one hell of a year. From being held accountable for the outbreak of fake news to being blamed for the outcome of the US presidential election – the company is facing immense pressure right now. Zuckerberg now plans to hire a 20-year media veteran to help with its news content filtering.

Facebook recently posted a “Head of News Partnerships” job opening, looking for candidates with more than 20 years of experience in the field to become the “public-facing voice of Facebook and its role in the news ecosystem.” The job description entails that the person appointed will be its “leading representative with news organizations worldwide” and “clearly communicate and foster transparent dialogue with news organizations globally.” The person will also help Facebook “innovate with new technologies” and “support new product launches” related to news.

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Filtering fake news on Facebook

Considering that the fake news saga has been going on for a while now, and after facing a serious criticism for influencing the outcome of the presidential election of 2016, the company’s decision to recruit a liaison between itself and its publishers ought to prove a beneficial starting point to weed out bad content from the good content and thus promote news from more authenticated sources.

According to Business Insider, Facebook is working on a new feature called Collections that will showcase lists of exclusive content from favored and authenticated publishers directly in the News Feed. That way, more authentic news could be spread from one social network platform into and through the other.

This could be a big step up for the company to get back its reputation on track before it gets tainted further with fake news continuing to take over the social networking site. Who will be the most awaited savior of the social giant? We will find out soon enough.

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