Facebook is reportedly trying to repair its battered image by showing users positive stories about the company within its News Feed.
The New York Times reported Tuesday that the social network was taking a more aggressive approach as part of Project Amplify, an effort brought up internally in January. The effort comes as the the world’s largest social network responds to a series of scandals that have plagued the company.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg signed off on the project last month, The Times reported.
Facebook spokesman Joe Osborne told The Times that the social network hadn’t changed its strategy and denied a January meeting happened. Osborne also tweeted he told the news outlet that there was “zero change” to Facebook’s News Feed ranking.
“This is a test for an informational unit clearly marked as coming from Facebook,” Osborne tweeted. “It’s not the first of its kind, and is similar to corporate responsibility initiatives people see in other technology and consumer products.” In an image shared on Twitter, Osborne showed blog posts from the company that Facebook showcased as part of the experiment.
Facebook has faced heightened scrutiny from lawmakers and regulators since the 2018data scandal, which raised concerns about whether the company was doing enough to protect the personal data of its users. The social network has also been under fire for not doing enough to curb the spread of misinformation about elections, the coronavirus and other issues.
Facebook’s image took another beating last week when The Wall Street Journal published a series of stories about the social network’s internal research, including findings that Instagram was toxic for teen girls. The social network pushed back against the reports in a lengthy blog post, stating that the stories “contained deliberate mischaracterizations” of the company’s motives.