Last month, Facebook announced its first slate of news-driven shows that would be coming to its video platform within the upcoming month. Today the social media giant has announced six more funded news shows that bring the total to 15.
Facebook’s multimillion-dollar investment in news content comes at a time when social media platforms are being plagued with fake and inflammatory news. Facebook came under fire this past year for allowing such bots, as well as Russian Operatives, to generate posts and advertisements that were meant to influence voter behavior and exploit divisions in American society.
The new slate of content is intended to give Facebook users a clear path to credible news sources, which is important in today’s world where many people turn to social media for their news content. As of August 2017, two-thirds (67%) of Americans report that they get at least some of their news on social media, according to data from the Pew Research Center.
The new slate of shows coming to Watch include:
- ABC Owned Stations’ “More in Common” a weekly series that will showcase the bridges being built between people of various races, religions, genders and backgrounds in cities and towns across America. The series is part of “Localish,” a national digital-first media brand that brings out the good in America’s cities, launching on ABC platforms this Fall.
- Bloomberg’s “At What Cost?”: a weekly series that takes the week’s biggest headlines and explains how they will impact you, your finances and your future. Airwaves and newsfeeds can overflow with business news that may seem remote and irrelevant: a central bank decision, trade talks, earnings results.
- BuzzFeed News’ “Profile” a weekly interview show hosted by Audie Cornish of NPR’s All Thing’s Considered. Recorded in front of a live studio audience, the show will feature a different newsmaker each week, giving viewers a chance to hear from the biggest names in politics, tech, business, and entertainment.
- McClatchy’s “The War Within” chronicles the lives of retired veterans of the conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan who are helping their brothers and sisters in arms cope with the effects of PTSD.
- NowThis’ “NowThis Morning” a daily news show which centers on breaking news and topical stories for young audiences. The show aims to spark conversations on the core issues and that matter most to young adults today.
- TEGNA’s “An Imperfect Union” is a weekly series that will travel across the country and bring two people divided on an issue together to collaborate on a community service project, such as cleaning up a park or volunteering at a food bank. Each shares their perspective, as audiences watch to see what happens.