Facebook, Google and Twitter never wanted to be the world’s largest news publishers, but it’s the new reality.
In the last twenty years, they’ve rewritten the rules for news, causing confusion, fear and many questions. In this new reality, each platform has found itself in a place they never intended: no matter how capable their employees are in the writing code, the world’s brightest engineers and tech executives were never trained to solve the amorphous business of news. These are troubles that can’t be solved with prayers to the altar of algorithms.
Erica Anderson spent nearly eight years as a journalist inside tech - five years at Twitter, three at Google - and will talk about how tech companies have tried to solve news, and how it should be done.