Connections: Do you turn to Facebook for news?

Aug 19, 2019

Did you – or do you – turn to Facebook for news? The social media platform is hoping to become a trusted place for users to find news content. Last week, Facebook announced it’s offering news outlets like ABC News, Bloomberg, and the Washington Post millions of dollars for the rights to post headlines of those sources’ articles and previews of their stories in a dedicated news section on the site. Facebook executives say they want to launch that section before the end of the year.

The company has been under fire in recent years for its inability to stop the spread of fake news on the platform. Could this move make Facebook a trusted place for news? What does it mean for traditional media outlets? And how will it further change the current landscape? Our guests discuss it. 

·      Mike Johansson, Rochester-based social media strategist

·      Michael Kilian, executive editor for the Democrat & Chronicle, and mid-Atlantic states editor for USA TODAY Network

·      Rashad Smith, publicist, and social media manager for a local FM station

·      (TBD) Jenn Brink, web manager for News 10NBC