On Friday, Facebook announced that they will be adding a dedicated news tab to their platform. The feed will include standard sources like The New York Times, The Washington Post and Fox News. The platform will also include stories from conservative news site, Breitbart.
Facebook faced near immediate condemnation for adding the controversial site to it’s news tab. Company founder, Mark Zuckerberg defended to social media giant’s decision by saying that all political view points need to be serviced.
Breitbart, founded in 2007 by Andrew Breitbart often features articles targeting the far right. Former contributors to the site include Milo Yiannopoulos, Katie McHugh and Tom Tancredo. Former executive chairman Steve Bannon said in 2016, “we’re the platform for the Alt-Right.”
Zuckerberg was asked why a site like this would be included in the Facebook news feed. The CEO had previously promised, “Most of the rest of what we operate is helping give people a voice broadly and making sure that everyone can share their opinion. That’s not this. This is a space that is dedicated to high-quality and curated news.”
When asked how Breitbart fits into that equation, the founder said, “Part of having this be a trusted source is that it needs to have a diversity of views in there, so I think you want to have content that represents different perspectives.”
The Facebook head continued, “I certainly think you want to include a breadth of content in there.”
The new Facebook news tab has slowly started to roll out in the United States.
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