Apple Wants to Help Prepare You for the Midterm Elections | Tech News

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Apple isn’t leaving its midterm election news aggregation to algorithms. A new 2018 Midterm Elections section in Apple News will be curated by human editors to provide “trustworthy midterm election information and help news seekers access the most important reporting and analysis from a diverse set of publishers.”

Apple’s announcement name-checks publishers across the media spectrum, including Vox, exclusive features from The Washington Post, Axios, and Politico, as well as conservative outlets such as Fox News. Apple News Editor-in-Chief Laura Kern said the app will “steer clear of rumor and propaganda.”

Users can access the new section in the Apple News app using a banner atop the For You tab, or through the Top Stories and Spotlight tabs.

Kern, formerly an editor at New York Magazine, took over as the first-ever Apple News EiC in 2017. She said in a statement that “Today more than ever people want information from reliable sources, especially when it comes to making voting decisions…Apple News aims to be a responsible steward of those conversations and help readers understand the candidates and the issues.”

The section will include breaking news and special features. There’s a collection of opinion columns called The Conversation, and a special feature highligting local reporting for important races called On the Ground.

Apple News will also feature exclusives like the Post’s “Election Now” dashboard, including polling and survey data and pundit commentary on primary races. There will also be a weekly briefing from Axios, and a recurring “Races to Watch” feature from Politico.

This section marks the latest step in a larger overhaul of Apple News, including a new design and layout coming in iOS 12. Apple’s recent acquisition of Texture also shows the tech giant angling to become a bigger player in the publishing business.

Apple also took some not-so-subtle jabs at Facebook’s fake news problems and its now retired, algorithm-based trending section. “Curation has been a guiding principle across Apple News since launch, with a team of editors focused on discovering and spotlighting well-sourced fact-based stories to provide readers with relevant, reliable news and information from a wide range of publishers,” Kern said.

As the war of words has escalated between Tim Cook and Mark Zuckerberg, Apple has even gone as far as blocking Facebook’s web trackers in Safari.

The Apple News 2018 Midterm Elections section is live today for all iOS users through November’s midterm elections.

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