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Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg last week announced that Facebook’s solution for fake news is to remove news from the newsfeed. So, less news in the newsfeed. More things that my friends share or that I click on.
Martin Waxman and Joseph Thornley talk about the implications of this for news outlets, PR people and Facebook users themselves.
It will take some time for this play out. And that could open a period of innovation as publishers and communicators turn to other platforms and tools (check out Feedly).
However this turns out, there is no doubt that Facebook always looks after its own business interests. And in this case, its interest simply was not to come to grips with the problem it created in its relentless push to aggregate audiences and content outlets.
Facebook made this mess. Now the rest of us are left to deal with it.
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