tech2 News Staff 12. September 2019 08:08:45 IST
Last month we learned that Facebook hired a team of human journalists to curate the upcoming News Tab section. The social media giant plans to have human curators instead of relying on algorithms for better editorial control. Now the company has published an internal memo listing all the guidelines for its curators.
The curators are advised to submit bad news about the company instead of censoring them in the section. However, the memo also states that curators should prioritize news with filing sources against anonymous sources. It also means that they can only highlight stories based on an "unfounded report" if two publications treat the same story. We are therefore skeptical as to whether this policy is being followed in relation to speculative statements against the company, whether it be dubious practices when exchanging data on Facebook or irresponsible security vulnerabilities. The company has produced poor print results every month and we'll see if the company complies with this policy when the section is released.
Media breaking a particular message will get more priority and local outlets will have a higher priority for local news. Stories in which bad words and obscenities are in the headlines are not mentioned. As reports Engadget any story that attempts to "provoke, divide, and polarize" readers will only be shown if these pieces are fact-based stories, based on journalistic standards ". 19659007] While the use of algorithms in the past has reportedly led to a widespread exchange of fake messages, the use of human curators also offers the possibility of biased reporting. Facebook has already been accused of being politically biased by suppressing conservative views about the platform. The introduction of the News Tab section is planned for October. Only time will tell if Facebook is able to uphold ethical journalistic standards, while it itself is often discussed controversially.
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