Facebook is likely to unveil its dedicated News tab this week, after CEO Mark Zuckerberg made reference to its debut during a congressional hearing…
Social media giant Facebook will probably introduce a News tab this week. A report from the Washington Post confirms the social site will use a small team of humans to curate the top stories. Meanwhile, algorithms will select the rest.
Facebook News Tab to Debut this Week
The first iteration of the Facebook News tab will include coverage from WaPo itself, The Wall Street Journal, Business Insider, BuzzFeed News, along with local news sources.
It comes at a time when Americans in-particular are more skeptical than ever about news organizations and their reporting. Also, at this time, over 60 percent of Americans think social media has “too much control” over the news people see, according to a Pew study.
Facebook first revealed its plans for a dedicated News tab in August, saying it planned to launch the section before the end of this year.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg teased its debut during his appearance before Congress, saying:
“Later in this week we actually have a big announcement coming up on launching a big initiative around news and journalism where we’re partnering with a lot of folks to build a new product that’s supporting high-quality journalism.”