Still reeling (at least in reputation, but certainly not in financial success) from the 2016 US presidential election, Facebook is launching its own slate of news shows produced and funded by the social network in partnership with “trustworthy” news organizations. The lineup, which launches next week, features a whole lot of Fox News. Not all of the programming—which will be available through the recently launched Facebook Watch video platform starting July 16—comes from the news network that carries water for the Trump administration. ABC News, ATTN:, Bloomberg, BuzzFeed, CNN, Mic, Quartz, and Univision (Gizmodo Media Group’s current parent company) all have slots on the initial schedule, as well. But damn, there’s just an awful lot of Fox News. The network leads off coverage first thing in the morning, snagged the prime mid-day spot with a version of “Fox News Update” hosted by generally likable chief news anchor Shepard Smith, and will get two weekend time slots. 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. The inclusion and even highlighting of Fox News—a network notorious showcasing hosts and guests who make misleading and sometimes outright false claims, per Politifact—is just the latest result of Facebook’s permanent position between a rock and a hard place when it comes to conservative views. Once word got out from former employees that the company worked to suppress conservative news sources in its now-defunct trending stories section, Facebook has… [Read full story]
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