Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg discusses ideas for a news feature, paying publishers

Mark Zuckerberg- Washington DC

Mark Zuckerberg- Washington DC

Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg says the company is considering building a dedicated tab on the social network for news, and is willing to pay publishers for high-quality content. As a result, Facebook may have slowed the spread of propaganda and false news stories, but it also hurt some online publications, which bet too heavily on Facebook to spread their videos and stories. In a bid to help encourage "an independent body so people can appeal our decisions", the CEO suggests that the government could play more of an active role by focusing on four distinct pillars: of "harmful content, election integrity, privacy and data portability". In January, Zuckerberg announced that Facebook is planning to integrate the chat tools of those products, making a breakup harder to accomplish if the services are more tightly intertwined. "So will they be able to look back at this and maybe retroactively even breakup the companies?" Not only has the social media site been ground zero for the Cambridge Analytica scandal and fake news, it was the platform that the Christchurch, New Zealand gunman used to livestream his attack on a mosque just two weeks ago.

Nick Clegg, Facebook's head of global policy and communications, jumped to the defense of boss Mark Zuckerberg following a series of controversies for the social network. If not, we will get an ever-more Balkanized internet'.

Zuckerberg also touched upon the issues of protecting elections and how having stronger internet regulations would help companies be more effective at ensuring the identities of ad purchasers, especially when it's not immediately crystal clear whether or not an ad is actually a political one.

He noted that Facebook makes decisions about harmful content, political interference and data every day - but warned that "if we were starting from scratch, we wouldn't ask companies to make these judgments alone".

The discussion was part of his personal challenge for 2019 where Zuckerberg said he will host regular public discussions about the future of technology in society.

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Following the decision to pull Chick-fil-A from Buffalo, a spokesperson for the chain said that recent reports "continue to drive an inaccurate narrative about our brand".

"But at the same time, we don't want where either there are people pretending that they're 13 who are not - or else there are 12-year-olds pretending that they're 13 and getting access to material that they don't want".

"We hope Mark's words are followed by concrete steps towards actually creating a new business model that recognizes and compensates the work of quality journalism", Thomson said in a statement on Monday.

Zuckerberg said his ideas around news are still taking shape.

KitGuru Says: This is a distinctly different Zuckerberg than we seen a year ago, so it wouldn't surprise me if this was just a PR front to get ahead of the storm.

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