Facebook Helped Decimate the Media Industry but Wants Journalists to Do Its Job


    Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastMark Zuckerberg has faced fiery, pervasive criticism for not wanting his social network to decide what is true, at least when it comes to politics. On Thursday, as the 2020 presidential campaign hurtled toward the first primaries and caucuses, Facebook doubled down on that policy. Rob Leathern, the company’s director of product management, wrote, “We have based [our policies] on the principle that people should be able to hear from those who wish to lead them, warts and all, and that what they say should be scrutinized and debated in public.”But what Facebook defines as newsworthy may be different than how journalists, tasked with reporting facts, do so. And whether reporters can even keep pace with the sheer volume of political speech on such a sprawling platform in a time of industry consolidation, job cuts, and widespread disinformation is far from certain.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here


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