Facebook hires former NYT open editor Liz Spayd to deliberate on transparency

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Facebook says it’s looking to turn some-more open and pure about a decisions, and it’s hired Liz Spayd, a former open editor of The New York Times, to deliberate on a process.

The sinecure comes as Facebook — or during least, tools of Facebook — seems to be wrestling with a purpose in a open sphere. There have been specific controversies, like a discuss over Facebook’s purpose in swelling feign news (which a association has been doing some-more to fight), as good as a broader review around what shortcoming Facebook has toward a 2 billion users.

One of a ways Facebook has attempted to open adult about these issues is by a array of blog posts around “Hard Questions,” like how Facebook addresses hatred debate and what happens to people’s profiles after they die.

These posts are customarily created by Facebook employees, though a orator told me Spayd has been operative for a past few weeks to assistance with Hard Questions and potentially to move that same proceed to clarity to other tools of a company.

In some ways, Spayd competence seem ideal for that purpose — as The Times’ open editor,  she served as a arrange of surrogate between readers and a newsroom. However, her columns were mostly controversial. Slate’s Will Oremus substantially did a best pursuit of laying out a box opposite her, arguing that she was “squandering a many critical watchdog pursuit in journalism” by feigning journalistic platitudes and reader complaints but courteous analysis.

Spayd incited out to be a final open editor during The Times, during slightest for now — a position was separated as partial of incomparable editorial cuts.

Beyond her work as open editor, Spayd has a prolonged journalistic résumé, including portion as editor of a Columbia Journalism Review and handling editor of a Washington Post. Her employing was initial reported by Recode.

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