Nishtha KanalJan 28, 2014 11:00:34 IST
Rumours of Facebook’s Flipboard-like news app have been swirling for a while and it has now emerged that the social networking website is actively seeking “editors” to curate its news product.
Re/code has reported that Paper, Facebook’s top-secret app in the works will have editors suggesting which news stories you should be reading. The move comes as a pleasantly surprising one, given how the social networking website puts emphasis on algorithms for running the show and throwing up relevant stories on its News Feed.
According to people familiar with the matter, Facebook is seeking to hire contract editors who will oversee around ten verticals on a host of different topics. They will have to eventually curate the best stories in their particular areas of specialisation and deliver them to Paper’s users.
Facebook has long relied on its ever-evolving algorithms to pick, choose and personalise stories that need to be displayed on the News Feed. Recently, Facebook updated its algorithms to ensure more news articles and less memes surface on to people’s feeds. It also tweaked it to ensure users get more text-based status updates from individual users, rather than from Pages.
Earlier this month, rumours had started doing the rounds that Paper, Facebook’s new app was about to see the light of day finally. After multiple redesigns, the social networking website looks all set to launch a mobile-only reader that will curate and show you the best content. While there is no official word on when Paper will be released, it looks like a great prospect for Facebook.
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