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Facebook should do more to tackle the spread of “cancerous” fake news, and help fund original journalism, newsreader Jon Snow has said.  The journalist, who has presented the British Channel 4 News since 1989, gave the MacTaggart Lecture at the annual Edinburgh TV festival.  He said Facebook’s inaction was a “threat to democracy”.

Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg says the company is “experimenting” with ways to support the news industry.

Source: BBC Technology News

Date: August 25th, 2017

Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-41036802

Discussion

1) Why should it be Facebook’s responsibility to “fund original journalism”?

2) Is it not a threat to democracy to have any company “funding…journalism”?  Does it not make journalism less objective in the process?

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