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Sunday February 19, 2017

Mark Zuckerberg’s Manifesto Is a Blueprint for Destroying Journalism

The Facebook CEO published a rather long-winded post last week about where he thought his company should be headed. A number of writers have already criticized it: some say he wants to save the world, while others say he merely wants to own it. The Atlantic here tackles a more specific possibility, that Zuckerberg is building a news organization without journalists. ("The Facebook of the future, he writes, will be ‘for keeping us safe, for informing us, for civic engagement, and for inclusion of all.’") What are your thoughts on Facebook becoming the de-facto source of news, considering they can’t even get trending stories right?

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Zuckerberg is making it clear that he wants Facebook to take over many of the actual functionsآ—not just ad dollarsآ—that traditional news organizations once had. Zuckerberg uses abstract language in his memoآ—he wants Facebook to develop "the social infrastructure for community," he writesآ—but what he’s really describing is building a media company with classic journalistic goals: The Facebook of the future, he writes, will be "for keeping us safe, for informing us, for civic engagement, and for inclusion of all."

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