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Facebook announces improvements to its Live 360 feature

Facebook users who want to view live, 360-degree videos in ultra-high resolution and virtual reality are now able to do so. The social network announced some improvements to its Live 360 feature Tuesday, including support of 4K resolution for live videos and the ability to watch them in virtual reality using a special app for Samsung's Gear VR. Other significant changes to … Read More
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Facebook releases an update on its project to combat fake news and support journalists

More than six months after announcing a project to combat fake news, Facebook released an update today. The Facebook Journalism Project — a three-pronged approach aimed at providing training, products and tools for journalists and news consumers — was created as a way to solidify relationships with media organizations, which often hold contradictory feelings about the social network. One key part of … Read More
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This new Facebook analytics tool lets publishers compare their mobile and Instant Articles traffic

Editor's note: This article has been updated with a comment from The Atlantic. Facebook today released a new developer's tool for publishers to see how their stories are doing on the social media platform. The analytics tool, which is located under the "Publishing Tools" tab on Facebook pages, allows news outlets to compare the traffic of their regular mobile articles with … Read More
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Last month, Facebook launched a pilot program with 6 local newsrooms. Here's how it's going

Last month, a group of local newsrooms began working with Facebook as part of a project by the social media platform to establish stronger ties to local news. Six newsrooms are part of the first six-month pilot program, with another six to follow. Those newsrooms, Berkleyside, Honolulu Civil Beat, Texas Tribune, QCityMetro, Philadelphia Public School Notebook … Read More
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Is Facebook serious about helping publishers find subscribers? Industry leaders are watching carefully

The Holy Grail of the news business these days is figuring out how to turn the droves of readers who swipe past stories on social media into a reliable stream of revenue. As more and more users flock to monoliths like Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram and away from publishers' websites, many news organizations have been hard-pressed to cash in … Read More
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After Google and Facebook scarf down most of the local ad pie, there's still $12 billion left

It is old news by now that Google and Facebook hog most of local digital ad spending. And Facebook, especially, has kept growing its share 50 percent year-over-year at the expense of newspapers and other local media. But analyst Gordon Borrell in his latest benchmark report on local digital revenues suggests an alternate view: Even after the digital giants … Read More
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Facebook is testing products to connect its users to local news

As part of its ongoing push to build relationships with local publishers, Facebook is testing products that can help people better connect with local news. Those tests, part of the Facebook Journalism Project, have just begun, but they're all aimed at helping people discover and engage with news outlets in their communities, a Facebook spokesperson … Read More
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Facebook reminds publishers yet again: Post meaningful and authentic stories

Facebook on Friday released guidelines for publishers that will sound familiar to close observers of the social giant's often-fraught relationship with news organizations. In a post titled "Principles for Publishers" released Friday, Facebook News Feed Vice President Adam Mosseri advised publishers that the social network's users value meaningful stories, respectful behavior and authentic content. Related Training: Building … Read More
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Facebook tweaks its News Feed to take another swipe at clickbait

Yet another nail was hammered into the coffin of clickbait on Wednesday when Facebook announced it was tweaking its News Feed (again) to reduce the reach of made-you-look stories. The change, which comes on the heels of a similar tweak made by Facebook last year, is aimed at penalizing inauthentic stories that deliberately omit important information. The latest … Read More
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Don't call Steve Stephens 'The Facebook Killer'

We in the media love nicknames for notorious people. Often, these names are associated with a place or thing that has a random connection, like The Boston Strangler, The Green River Killer or The San Bernardino Shooters. This time it's "The Facebook killer," the shorthand description for the actions of Steve Stephens, who killed an elderly Cleveland man at random, … Read More
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Facebook’s algorithm isn’t surfacing one-third of our posts. And it’s getting worse

Editor's note: This article was previously published on Medium.com. It is being republished here with the author's permission. Starting in January of this year, we at the Chicago Tribune started to anecdotally see a fairly significant change in our post reach. We weren’t seeing a huge difference in post consumption or daily average reach, but we were just seeing … Read More
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Fake news, a Snapchat clone and other things to expect from Mark Zuckerberg's keynote at f8 today

The journalism world will be watching today at 10 a.m. PST as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg takes the stage at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose to deliver the keynote for the company's annual developer conference. The conference has become appointment viewing for media types in recent years, as Facebook's massive reach gives it enormous power over the publishing … Read More
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Facebook is giving publishers new ways to reach audiences on Instant Articles

Facebook announced Friday a few new ways that publishers can reach out to audiences directly through Instant Articles. Josh Roberts, a project manager at Facebook, wrote about the new features in a blog post. "Across the board, publishers want to have more direct lines of communication with their readers and drive the conversions that matter to their business," he … Read More
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Can trust in the news be repaired? Facebook, Craig Newmark, Mozilla and others are spending $14 million to try

A global coalition of tech leaders, academic institutions, nonprofits and funders, including Facebook, Mozilla and Craigslist Founder Craig Newmark, on Monday announced a $14 million initiative to combat declining trust in the news media and advance news literacy. The News Integrity Initiative, which will be administered by the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, will unite an initial group of 19 … Read More
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How Facebook and other platform companies promote bad journalism — and what to do about it

Facebook and other platform companies publishing news are forces for bad journalism not good, despite some well-intended efforts lately to help media companies. That's the conclusion of a massive, 25,000-word report, "The Platform Press," published Wednesday by Emily Bell of the Columbia School of Journalism's Tow Center and co-author Taylor Owen. The rapid shift to news reading directly on … Read More
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