The Facebook messages are personalized, and relevant articles are delivered based on the content you’ve read. There will also be subject areas tailored to your specific interests, including business, entertainment or science. You can also link your paid subscriptions to the platform, so you can read material from the Facebook app if you wish. And users can hide “articles, topics, and publishers” they do not want to see.
However, messages do not just swallow the messages shared in the users’ feeds, they’re on their own tab. The company has announced that it will focus on general news, breaking news, various news and local news. Publishers wishing to participate must adhere to certain rules of integrity, fact-checking, and compliance with Facebook’s own community standards.
Only websites that pass the Facebook bar will be selected to prevent Clickbait from spreading hate speech and misinformation. And they are checked “continuously” to ensure that the inclusion criteria are met. It will be interesting to see how the interplay of news on Facebook’s community standards affects inclusion, especially on topics that Facebook – like nudity – finds problematic.
In a blog post, the company’s news team explains that the service is based not just on algorithms but on human curation. For example, the “Today’s Stories” panel will select long formats and originally reported songs according to “publicly available policies.” The rules for what can and can not be recorded are posted on the Facebook messages so that users can see how moderators make their decisions.
The first test will focus on major cities and metropolitan areas, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, Miami, Houston, Atlanta and Boston. Local newspapers in these areas appear to have preferential access to the platform to highlight on-site reporting. And the rollout will continue for at least the foreseeable future in the US.
Already in 2016, Facebook was criticized after reports surfaced that its human moderators were suppressing stories. Two years later, the company would completely discontinue the trend news section and point out that it will be replaced by a new news product in the future. Since then, Facebook’s role in disseminating misinformation on both sides of the aisle has been sustainably reviewed.
And Facebook News caused quite a stir even before the launch of some of the major news publishers. A few days ago, the Financial Times reported that the website will compensate Condé Nast and Dow Jones for using their content. But Reuters and the Associated Press say they have not been promised any money. Not to mention that the site has an earlier form when it comes to dealing with news releases that leave them out of their pockets.