Jun 12, 2018

Facebook exec explains "news credibility specialist" jobs

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Facebook's head of news partnerships Campbell Brown said Monday that people filling much talked-about jobs for "news credibility specialists" will "help us begin to build out a process for verifying different news organizations.”

Why it matters: A Business Insider report on the jobs last week attracted attention because Facebook's past forays into human-curated news have led to one problem after another.

What she's saying: Brown, speaking with Axios's Sara Fischer at an Axios event, also took issue with publishers who have objected to their ads that promote political coverage being included in Facebook's new political ads database.

  • She said the company heard the concerns and would introduce separate archives to differentiate between political ads and ads featuring political news content.
  • Yes, but: "It should be up and running in the next couple weeks, and publishers that are worried about being lumped in [in that time] can pause their advertising," she said.

The bottom line: Facebook's relationship with the news industry remains rocky, even as the company takes steps to mend fences.

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Why Apple may move to open iOS

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Apple may finally allow iPhone owners to set email or browsing apps other than Apple's own as their preferred defaults, according to a Bloomberg report from last week.

The big picture: Customers have long clamored for the ability to choose their preferred apps, and now Apple, like other big tech companies, finds itself under increased scrutiny over anything perceived as anticompetitive.

The NFL warms up to betting

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Starting this season, NFL teams in states with legal sports betting will be allowed to have in-stadium betting lounges and accept sponsorships from sportsbooks and betting operators, per multiple reports.

One caveat: There will not be any physical betting windows in the lounges, so they're more "hangout spots for bettors" than an actual "places to make bets."

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President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at the Taj Mahal. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images