Facebook is launching its own journalism project, continuing its efforts to change the way media organizations work with the social network. The move could be seen as an extension of its vow earlier this year to crack down on fake news on the site, reports The Washington Post.
The Post report, in part, added:
“The Facebook Journalism Project is made up of several smaller projects — each of which Facebook is working on with a variety of media partners on different projects, including The Washington Post, Fox News, Germany’s BILD and Spain’s El Pais. In a company blog post provided to The Post ahead of time, Facebook said it will be “collaborating with news organizations to develop products, learning from journalists about ways we can be a better partner, and working with publishers and educators on how we can equip people with the knowledge they need to be informed readers in the digital age.”
“Facebook outlined 10 key points that it hopes to address with the project. They include working with news organizations on new storytelling formats and ways to present stories — which, in turn, will show up in users’ news feeds. The company will host hackathons dedicated to news problems. It will work with journalists to teach them how to use Facebook for reporting, including how to verify eyewitness accounts of breaking news. Facebook is also putting out a call for local news outlets to be more involved on the social network, to give its users more information about the world immediately around them.”