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Facebook’s New Political Algorithms Increase Tension With Publishers

“I don’t want trust to be a popularity contest decided by users of Facebook,” Lydia Polgreen, the editor in chief of HuffPost, said at the panel discussion, which was held at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.The panel, moderated by Emily Bell, the director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia, also included Erica Anderson of Google News Lab and Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, the director of research at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, who presented the institute’s annual Digital News Report.Publishers have been vocal in their protests of being included in the same archive as political ads. This month, organizations representing more…

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Is Facebook’s Campbell Brown a Force to Be Reckoned With? Or Is She Fake News?

Ms. Brown, 49, wasn’t out at Facebook. Yet she has long had to grapple with questions about whether she really has influence at the social network.Since joining the Silicon Valley company in 2017 to repair its frayed relationship with the news media, many have considered the former CNN and NBC anchor as little more than window dressing. Others see her as a more insidious figure — a telegenic personality with close ties to conservative figures who can offer Facebook’s outreach the veneer of journalistic credibility. To them, she is an ambassador from a dictatorship, willing to deliver bad news with a smile and some canapés. No matter…

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