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Facebook Wants To Save Journalism Via The Journalism Project

  • Re/code, Thursday, January 12, 2017 7:35 AM
Facebook wants people to know it cares about the future of journalism. Perhaps spurred by the furor over fake news and the implication that the social media giant unwittingly perpetuated fake news, the company has launched The Facebook Journalism Project, according to a report in Recode. “We care a great deal about making sure that a healthy news ecosystem and journalism can thrive,” product exec Fidji Simo writes in a post discussing the Project. Last week, Facebook hired Campbell Brown, a former NBC TV news anchor, to serve as a liaison to the news industry. The initiative will include working with news publishers on product development; a project aimed at supporting local news; and offering CrowdTangle, the analytics startup it recently acquired, for free to Facebook publishers. However: "Facebook executives say the Journalism Project isn’t a response to criticisms of the way it handled news, fake or real, during the election, and that it has been talking to publishers about the way it can help them for many months," according to Recode.



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