Facebook looking for new executive amid concerns over so-called fake news

Facebook is looking for a head of news amid concerns over so-called fake news and how the social network deals with it.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 13th December 2016, 11:52 am
Updated Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 12:57 pm

A job advert looking for a head of news partnerships has been posted to the social media giant’s careers site, which says it is looking for applicants with “20+ years experience in news”, a requirement that means those applying must have started their career when Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was 13.

Facebook has been criticised for allowing fake news stories - in particular those relating to the US election in support of Donald Trump - to populate the site.

Some commentators even suggested the wide reach of the social network may have influenced some in voting for Mr Trump, something Mr Zuckerberg has strongly denied, but said the firm would take steps to address the issue of fake stories.

The new role will involve liaising with news organisations that are active on Facebook, the company said.

“Facebook is seeking an experienced news executive to lead Global News Partnerships,serving as the company’s leading representative with news organisations worldwide,” the new job post reads.

“The goal of the News Partnerships team is to help publishers and journalists understand how to reach and engage their audiences, and to innovate with new technologies.”

Facebook has not commented further on the new position, but Mr Zuckerberg said in the wake of fake news criticism that while it would do more to tackle it, “99% of what people see” on the site is “authentic” and that Facebook must be “extremely cautious about becoming arbiters of truth”.