April 1, 2019

Facebook’s plans for a ‘high quality news tab’ sure sound like a swipe at Apple News+

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Facebook doesn’t actually want to quit the news game — and Apple should watch out.

One year ago, Facebook responded to criticism of how fake news and political animosity spread on Facebook by committing the platform to content about family and friends over news. But on Monday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg floated the idea of still another pivot: to bring a news emphasis back to Facebook — and not just in the News Feed.

In conversation about journalism and social media with former journalist and prominent European publisher Mathias Döpfner, Zuckerberg shared that Facebook was considering a new way to feature news on Facebook. Zuckerberg said Facebook could have a separate tab for news, that would feature only “high quality” articles. Zuckerberg even said he would — gasp! — pay publishers for their articles. Facebook would not charge users for access to the tab. Read more…

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