In an advertisement posted on its website, social media giant Facebook is looking for a media executive with over 20 years of experience working in the industry, has a "strong track-record" and "understanding across the business." Facebook may use the new media executive to smoothen its relationship with the news and public following the surge of fake news in its website.
According to The Guardian, the social media giant is looking for someone to become its "public-facing voice and its representative in the news ecosystem. The news website also speculates the successful applicant could be the face of the company to the growing concerns of politicians, news networks and public figures regarding the social networks worldwide impact.
Facebook recently came under fire when it stepped down editorial efforts to curate possible fake news that many analysts believe led to the victory of US President-Elect Donald Trump during the US National Elections. According to Washington Post "Right Turn" Opinion writer Jennifer Rubin, Trump's campaign and supporters had insatiability for fake news and conspiracy theories. She said that "entire issues based on fundamental untruths" have driven many voters to stand by Trump.
The Facebook ad for a news head is - if honestly written - a discreet ad for an editor and news curator. Clearly, the social network's need for a news relationship executive and representative for its public perception calls for content filtration -- which someone with a 20-year news publication can only deliver. Rumor has it that the social network once had a team of editors who had been laid off by the network for undisclosed reasons.
Facebook - also search engine giant Google - are both under fire for the spread and lack of curation of fake news. The search engine had ramped up efforts to root out the problem while Facebook has assigned a task force to address the issue of fake news.