Sheryl Sandberg

Facebook Insists It’s Not a Media Company

Facebook is not a media company. That, at least, is the contention of COO Sheryl Sandberg who recently reinforced the party line by stating: “At our heart we’re a tech company; we hire engineers. We don’t hire reporters, no one’s a journalist, we don’t cover the news.” Sandberg’s contention is highly disputable given the extraordinary amount of control the company has over what content is displayed and what is not—the very essence of the editing process that newspapers perform. It’s likely that the tech giant is taking that position to avoid the ethical responsibilities that media organizations have for truthful and unbiased reporting. What’s more, being considered a media company would require Facebook to take more responsibility for the spread of fake news and Russian meddling in the US election. —TV

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