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Facebook searching for exec to make nice with news media

The social network is advertising for a head of news partnerships who will work with publishers and journalists, potentially in a move to combat fake news.

Facebook is searching for an executive to serve as "the company's leading representative with news organizations worldwide."

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Facebook is searching for an executive to work with news organizations, according to a job listing this week from the social network. The advertisement for a head of news partnerships comes in the wake of criticism Facebook encountered after fake news stories repeatedly appeared on the site during the US presidential campaign.

The head of news partnerships will, among other tasks, "lead ongoing engagement with news organizations globally" and "create new forums for engagement with the news industry," according to the job posting.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has previously said Facebook is taking steps to address bogus news stories, including creating technical tools for spotting fake news before it's flagged by Facebook users and working with third-party fact-checking groups to vet stories.

Facebook didn't immediately return a request for comment.