Facebook will test a “news” tab as a way to combat fake news — and appease critics of the platform’s role in the spread of misinformation.
- The social media platform is adding a news icon for U.S. users.
- The section will feature content from select media outlets.
- Initial partnerships include The Wall Street Journal, ABC News, CBS News, Fox, Bloomberg, Business Insider, NPR, The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times and The New York Post.
- Also included are select Fox owned local stations as well as BuzzFeed News and Gannett publications.
- Facebook has a team of journalists assigned to help curate stories for the “Today’s Stories” section.
- The initial rollout will include about 200,000 users according to the company.
- The section also features topic sections.
- Facebook News’ test will also feature personalization and ways to block articles, topics and publishers.
- In addition, users will be able to link their paid news subscriptions with partner publications.