Facebook confirmed on Tuesday the project of a “News” tab that will be edited by seasoned journalists, in a departure from its longstanding practice of letting algorithms dictate a user’s experience.
A human team will select relevant and reliable reports. The other sections of the tab will rely on algorithms to determine a user’s interest based on “signals” such as pages followed, interactions with online news, or subscriptions to publications.
“Our goal with the News Tab is to provide a personalized, highly relevant experience for people,” Facebook head of news partnerships Campbell Brown told International media.
“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, the majority of stories people see will be determined by software, according to Brown.
The tab would be separate from the trademark news feed at Facebook that displays updates and content from people’s friends.
California-based Facebook has launched an array of initiatives to support or bolster journalism in recent years as social media has been under intense pressure to avoid becoming a tool to spread misinformation.
Facebook will reportedly pay some publishers to license news content for the tab.
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