Facebook Is the Largest News Organization Ever

This is the most interesting thing I’ve read lately on social media, a startling insight from Harvard Business Review.

Hats off to Amy Fuhrmeister for finding this and posting it on the class FB wall.

Facebook Is the Largest News Organization Ever

Here’s a crucial comment:

Facebook is great, sure, but Facebook is not a news organization. It does not report, write, research, follow up, or verify news reports. Facebook is a platform on which people share information, some of which is news or news-like. Calling Facebook a news organization is like calling your TV set or your office water cooler a news organization.

I’ve also added a (somewhat grumpy) counterview, which is also a good example of how not to write a web post.

Old MacDonald Meets AOL


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