Alex Hardiman, former VP of product at The NY Occasions, will take the lead on Fb’s information merchandise
Fb’s function in spreading information, particularly pretend information, has been within the highlight since final yr’s presidential election. Now it’s selling Alex Hardiman to guide its information efforts on the product aspect.
Hardiman labored at The New York Occasions, most just lately as vice chairman of reports merchandise, till becoming a member of Fb final yr.
She wrote on Fb that her new function will contain working with information organizations to monetize and develop new codecs, whereas additionally partnering “with teams in Facebook to continue curbing the spread of false news.”
Recode beforehand reported that Fb was trying to rent a head of reports merchandise to fight pretend information. The truth that a product individual can be enjoying a key function on this combat appears reflective of the strategy that the corporate desires to tackle these points — an strategy that emphasizes know-how over editorial involvement (although once more, Hardiman mentioned she’ll be engaged on different groups, together with the corporate’s new journalism challenge).
Even past pretend information, Hardiman appears to have a variety of work to do, with information publishers more and more proof against Fb’s Instantaneous Articles, largely as a result of lack of monetization choices.
Nonetheless, she sounds charged up concerning the problem. Hardiman wrote:
Taking this function is a deeply private resolution for me. My great-grandmother was a radio and tv pioneer within the midwest and spent her life offering People with entry to prime quality information. My grandfather spent his profession as a broadcast journalist tackling racial discrimination and social injustice. I grew up in Information, spending 10 years at The New York Occasions reworking the corporate right into a mobile-first group with merchandise like The Occasions’s iPhone information app … The burden and alternative of this problem is each humbling and thrilling, and I can’t wait to get began.
I interviewed her just a few years in the past about her work at The Occasions. Test it out beneath.
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