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FB has hired former NYT general editor Liz Spayd as a counselor in a ‘transparency’ effort

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liz Spayd will also focus on how Facebook explains its treating of terrorism, digital privacy and AI on the site.
Spayd will specifically focus on expanding Facebook’s public-facing “Hard Questions” blog, a project aimed at “explaining how and why Facebook arrives at decisions around tough issues and challenges,” a Facebook spokesperson said.
Facebook came under public scrulittle in the aftermath of the U.S. Presidential election for enabling the spreadvertisement of viral fake news stories.
“She’s well suited to help us push our own limits when it comes to talking about issues,” a Facebook spokesperson said.
Before joining Facebook, Spayd worked as a journalist for several decades, generality recently serving as public editor of the New York Times, and previously, as editor of the Columbia Journalism Review and managing editor at The Washington Post.

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FB has hired former NYT general editor Liz Spayd as a counselor in a ‘transparency’ effort

Facebook tells it’s looking to become further open and transparent about its decisions, and it’s hired Liz Spayd, a former public editor of The New York Times, to consult on the process.
The hire comes as Facebook — or at least, fractions of Facebook — seems to be wrestling with its role in the public sphere.
In some ways, Spayd might seem perfect for that role — as The Times’ public editor, she served as a sort of intermediary between readers and the newsroom.
Spayd turned out to be the final public editor at The Times, at least for this time — the position was eliminated as fraction of larger editorial cuts.
Beyond her work as public editor, Spayd has a long journalistic résumé, involving serving as editor of the Columbia Journalism Review and managing editor of the Washington Post.
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FB has hired former NYT general editor Liz Spayd as a counselor in a ‘transparency’ effort

Liz Spayd

Facebook has recently hired former New York Times public editor Liz Spayd on a consulting basis to help manage the company’s efforts around giving users further “transparency” into how the huge social network makes decisions.
Her charge is basically to move the company out of its comfort zone in disclosing how it works internally.
(Suggestion | One thing we can use some transparency on is how Facebook seems to be so specific when suggesting people for you to connect with.)
Still, Facebook plans to expand from the “Hard Questions” blog to do more, involving posts from guest commentators who disagree with the company (egads!)
Spayd has also been one of the further controversial public editors to have served at the Times, attracting criticism for a number of columns.