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CEO Statement: Facebook Plan to Label Quality News Political Advocacy Misses the Point of Journalism

The News Media Alliance on Friday sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg strongly opposing its plan to label quality news as political advocacy. "Facebook's plan to group quality publishers alongside political advocacy, which its ad archive will do, is a fundamental mischaracterization of journalism. Newsgathering and reporting about politics is not the same thing as advocacy or politics. By lumping journalism and issue advocacy together, Facebook is dangerously blurring the line between real reporting and propaganda, and threatening to undermine journalism's ability to play its critical role in society as the fourth estate." more


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