Facebook is apparently trying the human route once again, to monitor fake news on the platform. The company is looking to hire “news credibility specialists”, according to two job postings by the company. The job postings are for an English speaker and a Spanish speaker, and the roles are both defined as “News Publisher Specialist”. Both the postings are on the company’s own job portal.
“You should be adept at effectively identifying, communicating and implementing improvements to the operational workflows and policies. You should be comfortable performing repetitive tasks, and have the ability to perform well autonomously,” says the description for the job posting.
According to a report by The Guardian, applicants for the positions were asked to develop a “deep expertise in Facebook’s News Credibility Program”. That should mean that the company is trying to use human curators to take on the spread of fake news on its platform. “We’re working on how we more effectively identify and differentiate news and news sources across our platform,” the company's spokesperson told the British daily.
Interestingly, Facebook has tried to take this route before, when it hired human curators to manage trending news on the platform. However, Facebook subsequently fired those editorial curators after reports emerged that they had failed to remain neutral, although a large part of the credit would go to Facebook’s own algorithms as well.