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Facebook could be rolling out a Snapchat-like news discovery tool

There are lots of completely different ways in which Fb may combat its rampant fake news problem. A technique it plans to perform that’s by mimicking competitor Snapchat’s Uncover part. In accordance with sources for Enterprise Insider, Fb is asking this in-the-works new function Collections.

Collections will spotlight information tales, movies, listicles, and different such media from “handpicked media companions,” Enterprise Insider reviews. This content material can be inserted instantly into customers Newsfeeds, so that you’d see Collections tales as you scroll by means of your feed. Fb has reportedly begun reaching out to publishers and leisure corporations to start creating content material for this part, nevertheless, it is unclear when Collections will start rolling out to the general public.

It is attainable that by means of Collections, Fb might inject some bipartisan, non-algorithmically curated content material into customers’ feeds—one thing that is a lot wanted given the current state of things. Nevertheless, if Fb continues to solely present customers content material that aligns with their viewpoints (and are propagated by like-minded associates), Collections may show to be much less helpful, and simply extra of the identical.

So far, Fb’s makes an attempt at information curation have not been particularly profitable. Fb shut down its Notify app after solely seven months, and its trending matters part, as soon as totally managed by human editors, is now partially accomplished by algorithm after these human editors have been caught suppressing conservative information tales (in hindsight, maybe for good reason).

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