Will a squad of editors give Apple News too much media power?

Will a squad of editors give Apple News too much media power?

Downplaying algorithms in favour of human input, Apple is hiring a number of flesh-and-blood editors for the News app – set to come with the iOS 9update later this year.

According to the job listing on Apple’s website, prospective editors will “surface great content from a range of high-quality publishers, from the largest to the smallest, across multiple categories”.

 This raises questions over how editors working for a technology giant will choose which news stories to “surface”, and whether articles that cast Apple in a poor light will be muffled.

If there are further reports of the company’s alleged human-rights violations, for example, can we expect Apple News to cover them? Or if there are bad reviews of Apple products, will those be included among the curated articles?

Camilla Wood

UK based Legal Aid Lawyer

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