Facebook’s New “Trustworthy” News Project Comes Filled with Fox News
On! July! 11,! Facebook! unveiled! its! new! “trustworthy”! news! project.! The! social! media! giant! was! developing! it,! they! say,! to! ensure! more! reliable! news! reporting.!
They! had! help! from! several! right-wing! sources! to! make! it! happen.! This! included! meetings! in! June! between! Facebook! executives! and! Republican! lawmakers! to! address! concerns! that! it! was! censoring! conservative! points! of! view! and! favoring! left-wing! or! progressive! perspectives.
Despite! that! media! analysts! dismissed! the! concerns! about! Facebook! news! sources! being! too! left-wing! as! “ridiculous”! and! “provably! false”,! Facebook! appears! to! have! done! just! the! right! thing! to! please! its! many! right-wing! friends! in! Washington.! It! has! redesigned! its! news! with! one! filled! with! excerpts! from! Fox! News! programs.
As! Gizmodo’s! AJ! Dellinger! said! about! Facebook’s! new! feed,! “The! [Fox! News]! network! leads! off! coverage! first! thing! in! the! morning,! snagged! the! prime! mid-day! spot! with! a! version! of! 'Fox! News! Update'...! and! will! get! two! weekend! time! slots.”! He! went! on! to! say! that ,!“it' s! the! only! news! network! that! is! a! part! of! the! facebook-funded! project! to! have! a! show! on! facebook! watch! every! day! of! the! week ."
Frank! dale! of! think progress! gave! more! insights! as! to! what! was! behind! the! changes.! “Zuckerberg! has! seemed! sensitive! to! claims! of! left-wing! bias! over! the! past! year,! partnering! with! a! right-wing! outlet! to! factcheck! stories,! pandering! to! conservative! conspiracy! theories,! and! hiring! two! major! conservative! groups! to! determine! whether! the! platform! displays! a! liberal! bias.”
It! appears! not! to! matter! that! much! to! Facebook! that! with! Fox! News! in! a! lead! position! in! its! news! feeds,! the! balance! has! gone! not! just! to! the! right! but! to! the! far-right.! It! also! is! with! a! network! which! shamelessly! supports! most! anything! donald! Trump! proposes,! and! regularly! fans! the! flames! of! odd! conspiracy! theories! about! the! left! wing.
There! will! certainly! be! some! adjustments! as! Facebook! fully! rolls! out! its! new! service.! One! can! rest! assured,! however,! that! its! new! “Trustworthy”! news! source! will! be! about! as! “Fair! and! Balanced”! as! the! fox! news! network! ever! was .!