Despite the scandals over privacy issues, Facebook is thinking ahead and wants to launch a new feature in the US later this year. With the new feature, the platform is hoping to offer users a quality news experience, different from what they are getting by now.
According to CNBC, for the new feature users will find a dedicated news tab alongside the platform’s usual features like news feed, Messenger and Watch.
The company’s confirmation on the new feature came up soon after The Wall Street Journal’s statement according to which Facebook had approached news outlets. In response, Campbell Brown, Facebook’s head of news partnerships, said in a tweet Friday that “working with the news industry to get Facebook’s News Tab right is our goal and focus this year,” and therefore declined the rumors.
This might also come as an action meant to combat the spread of fake news on its platform after facing criticism on the matter.
Conclusions on the matter are still not encouraging, however. Earlier this year, Pew Research Center conducted a study and found that 60% of US adults who get their dose of news through social media, also confirmed they had shared these fake news on their profiles.