Facebook Promotes Breitbart As “High Quality” News

Business Insider reports:

Facebook’s handling of news content on the platform has previously proved controversial, but the social media giant is taking steps to prioritize “high quality” journalism in a new tab that launched for some US users on Friday.

The news tab allows users to see top stories from across around 200 platforms, which include major publications like The New York Times and The Washington Post. It also showcases some local and regional publications like the Dallas Morning News and the Chicago Tribune.

Among the various online platforms rounded up in the tab, Breitbart News stands out as a controversial pick. The site stylizes itself as an objective publication, but it doesn’t just lean right – its former executive chairman who went on to run Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, Steve Bannon, described it as “the platform for the alt-right.”