Flipboard CEO on Lessons Facebook Needs to Learn from Journalism

January 31, 2018
Updated 2mo ago

There's a spotlight on Facebook as the social media giant reports earnings Wednesday. The company faces increasing scrutiny over fake news on its platform. Flipboard CEO Mike McCue explains the lessons he thinks Facebook needs to learn from journalism.

"When you are building algorithms that are responsible for informing entire populations, the whole society of people you want to make sure you are applying basic journalistic principles, " said McCue. The five lessons McCue says algorithms must learn from journalism include truth and accuracy, independence, fairness and impartiality, humanity, and accountability.

Facebook recently updated its algorithm to prioritize friends and family over media publishers. McCue says Facebook's algorithms should be controlled by journalists.