Subscriptions could be coming to your Facebook newsfeed after the company announced its latest project. Facebook said its Journalism Project is meant to “establish stronger ties” with news organizations and journalists.
Facebook’s Journalism Project will include Instant Articles in which users can subscribe, have free trials for paid subscriptions, include hackathons with publisher’s development teams, tutorials for journalists, PSAs to promote news literacy and combat fake news from spreading, the company said.
“We know that our community values sharing and discussing ideas and news, and as a part of our service, we care a great deal about making sure that a healthy news ecosystem and journalism can thrive,” Facebook director of product Fidji Simo wrote in a blog post announcing the new effort.
Facebook’s latest news initiative comes after it hired Campbell Brown, a former NBC News correspondent and CNN host, to lead its news partnerships team. “Covering the news with honesty and integrity is something that matters deeply to me, and I have always felt that journalism is more than just a job,” Brown wrote in a Facebook post.
It was just last month, Facebook introduced a new program to fight fake news and hoaxes by working with ABC News, Snopes.com, FactCheck.org, PolitiFact and other third-party organizations that can help identify hoaxes on Facebook. “This problem is much bigger than any one platform, and it’s important for all of us to work together to minimize its reach,” Simo wrote.
The company says this is “just the beginning” of its Journalism Project, and that there’s more to do.