Facebook and the News

Daily News Article - May 5, 2016


1. a) Define trending.
b) When was Facebook’s trending news section launched?

2. a) What is Facebook’s trending news section?
b) Who runs it? Be specific.
c) What effect does the trending news section have on the news stories people read on Facebook? (see para. 7)

3. How is the news in the trending news section chosen? What do the curators do after choosing the news? Be specific. (see para. 10-12)

4. What is Mark Zuckerberg’s goal for Facebook’s Instant Articles?

5. a) What did managers tell contractors (curators) not to do?
b) Why did one news curator think the managers made this request?

6. Re-read para. 16. What do you think of this hypothesis? Explain your answer.

7. From the last paragraph: “The data Facebook is gleaning from upwards of 1 billion users clicking through the trending news module could have a significant impact on the future of news – what we read, how, and from which sources.” Do you think this is possible? Explain your answer.

CHALLENGE: Read this week’s commentary “Facebook Employees Asked Zuckerberg If They Should Try to Stop Trump” and answer the questions.