The direction of Facebook’s announcement today is very positive and we commend them for it. We just all need to make sure that the implementation delivers on the stated goals.
For some time, we have argued that Facebook should give priority to news from trusted sources. This would be positive for consumers, as well as help to address “fake news” issues.
Facebook seems to have embraced the basic idea, which is wonderful. What we don’t know is how the proposed system to identify trusted news sources will really work. We will be watching that very closely as the changes are rolled out.
David Chavern is former President & CEO of the News/Media Alliance. Chavern has 30 years of experience in executive strategic and operational roles. Prior to the Alliance, he completed a decade-long tenure at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.