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Newseum's Jeffrey Herbst on 'The Algorithm As Editor'

Speaking by Skype recently to participants in the East-West Center's 2016 International Media Conference in New Delhi, Dr. Jeffrey Herbst, President and CEO of the Newseum in Washington, D.C., addressed the growing trend of social media companies like Facebook using computer algorithms to give consumers news that the programs think they'll be interested in. Calling the trend even more significant than the original emergence of news websites, Herbst said the problem is that social media companies, "which do not consider themselves news organizations, are more interested in keeping users' attention within their platform than they are with delivering important news.
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