In an effort to promote transparency within the company, Facebook recently hired former New York Times public editor Liz Spayd. Serving on a consulting basis, Spayd will aim to allow users a peek into how Facebook makes some of its crucial decisions.
Essentially, Spayd is Facebook’s attempt to share more about itself with the general public and well as its processes. Her job consists of aiming to “help expand early moves to chronicle what it does related to everything from terrorism to fake news to privacy.”
In the recent past, Facebook hasn’t been known for sharing what it is like behind closed doors, which is an accurate assessment considering they haven’t exactly been the most open and revealing platform. The new hire is Facebook’s chance to get out of its comfort zone and become more aligned with the general public, specifically regular Facebook users who are loyal to the social media platform.
With criticism of “fake news” in relation to the last presidential election on Facebook’s news feed, the company is attempting to counteract those claims that it is an open platform that does not take accurate information seriously. Facebook has been fending off this issue for the past year and even released a blog post series named “Hard Questions,” where the company speaks on tough topics like terrorism and the current political state.
Mark Zuckerberg has taken matters into his own hands as he is traveling the nation meeting with America’s general population to see how life is outside of Silicon Valley. He figures that the best method of taking down “fake news” is the introduction of specialized artificial intelligence that is geared toward terminating the spread of false information.
The hiring of Liz Spayd is a move in a positive direction that Facebook has been working towards. Even with the rough patch involving supposed “fake news” on its news feed, the company seeks to give the world a better view of how Facebook functions on a daily basis.
By resolving prior issues and potential new ones, Facebook is prepared to take down any concerning problems that may arise and are reluctant to give up their place as the world’s most dominant social media site.