Mark Zuckerberg Says Facebook Could Pay for ‘High-Quality News’ – Should It?

Funding credible journalism and sharing data with media outlets would back CEO’s claim ”news is incredibly important to society and democracy,“ experts say

Facebook’s relationship with the media might be shifting once again, after chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said the social-media giant is looking at funding “high-quality news” that would be prominently displayed on its massive platform.

Zuckerberg, in an interview posted to his Facebook page on Monday, told Axel Springer chief Mathias Döpfner that the social network could “potentially have a direct relationship with publishers to make sure that their content is available, if it’s really high-quality content.” He added that Facebook is exploring building a dedicated tab to feature select news stories, something that sounds familiar to Google’s “news” tab.

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Sean Burch

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