Facebook rolled out news tab in the U.S

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Facebook news tab rolled out in the U.S today. Washington Post confirmed that there will be a team of people curating top stories in the tab while everything else will be selected by an algorithm depending on the user’s interests.

News used to be a major part of Facebooks News Feed until January 2018. Then there were some scandals about disseminating fake news. Over 60% of Americans believe that social media has “too much control” over the type of news people see, according to a Pew Study. “Working with the news industry to get Facebook’s News tab right is our goal and focus this year… I believe we can provide people on Facebook a better news experience,” Campbell Brown, Facebooks VP of global news partnership, mentioned on Twitter in August.

Back in August Facebook has teased the news tab, when it mentioned that it would launch the feature before 2020. The Wall Street Journal reported that it offered up to $3 million to major publishers to bring them onboard. Currently there is no information how small news sources will be affected and whether only the major publications will receive compensation from Facebook.

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