Get your news on Facebook! No really, the actual news.

Earlier this semester, we all learned where Americans get their daily news. Sites like Twitter and Facebook are the “go-tos” for tons of people to get their news everyday. We also know how dangerous that can be.

Recent news says that Facebook might add a News tab to their site. Facebook has obviously been a huge source of news over the years, and now representatives are playing with the idea of adding an actual News section, just dedicated to “high quality, trusted sources.” According to Zuckerberg, the News Feed has never been the right place for news. They are still looking for ways to make this work together with publishers, and are willing to pay for high quality content.

My take on this story:

  • I think this is an awesome idea from Facebook. Since they have been getting a lot of heat in past years, along with other social media platforms, I think it’s a good idea to dedicate part of their platform to actual news stories so its consumers are receiving legitimate news.
  • While I think this is a good idea, I was surprised that Zuckerberg said that they would be paying publishers for high-quality content. It seems like they’re actually dedicated to sticking to this.
  • I thought it was funny that Zuckerberg also said that News Feed has never been the right place for news. While it may have never been the intention when Facebook was created, they are well aware that people use their site for news and we have all learned how different sites manipulate what their users see.

Citations:
https://www.falcon.io/insights-hub/industry-updates/social-media-updates/5-social-media-news-stories/

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1 Response to Get your news on Facebook! No really, the actual news.

  1. sydhavely says:

    Nice balance of what Facebook preaches, says it will do, pontificates about itself and what its users want or need. Mark Zuckerberg is like a boy who discovered fire. “Wow, look what I did! Now, I’ll tell you what it’ll mean.” Great discovery but mediocre messenger. Well done.

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