Facebook has hired longtime Fox News producer Jennifer Williams to work on its editorial video strategy. At Fox News, Williams spent years working in key roles on fox and friends and The daily briefingflagship programs of a network that has long functioned as a right-wing propaganda machine.
Williams will work on Facebook’s official news feed alongside reporters from publications including CNN, the New York TimesABC News, Huff Post and the BBC.
“Jennifer will work with other curators to create video news components that may be added to curated Facebook News sections in the future,” Facebook said in a statement to Motherboard. “The stories that appear in Today’s Stories are curated by a diverse team of journalists hired by Facebook.
According to her LinkedIn profile and media outlets that covered the hire, Williams held various positions at Fox News from 1997 to 2019. She landed at fox and friendswhere she became a producer in 2006 and a senior producer in 2007. From 2013 to 2019, she worked as an executive producer for The real story with Gretchen Carlsonthe AEHQ radio show, and finally The daily briefing with Dana Perinowhose titular host was press secretary to former President George W. Bush.
In addition to having the reputation of being Donald Trump’s favorite news program, fox and friends also has a long history of fueling America’s right-wing culture war with fake or exaggerated news. As MediaMatters pointed out, during Williams’ tenure, the show ran a debunked report that Obama was “educated in a madrassa.” John Moody, then Fox’s vice president for news, reportedly issued an editorial note reminding the newsroom “seeing an article on a website doesn’t mean it’s correct. Nor does it mean it’s correct.” is set to air on FNC” and went to the New York Times castigate the hosts for “violating[ing] one of our general rules, which is [to] know what you’re talking about.”
While he was executive producer of Carlson’s show, the program pushed Ebola conspiracy theories and covered an imaginary Christmas war. While Williams was producing Perino’s show, he let the FCC’s Ajit Pai lie about net neutrality to sell his repeal and had Ben Shapiro on mark the New York Times as an “activist organization” for its reporting on Donald Trump.
Really, standard Fox News stuff we all know by now that has melted many boomer brains via long-term exposure.
Years later, Carlson defended his stint at Fox, saying, “We all have producers in the morning setting the agenda, and there are a lot of times when you disagree with what you’re going to say. That day.”
In an interview with Judd Legum, a Facebook spokesperson apparently pointed out that his time on fox and friends came before Trump was president, which apparently is supposed to count for something.
In October, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote a blog post revealing that Facebook would abandon the use of algorithms to curate news and instead rely on human curators to help create the features tab. FacebookNews. What Zuckerberg didn’t mention is that information on the platform was once curated by humans, but that initiative was scrapped in 2016 after conservatives accused the company of bias against them. . The decision turned its Trending Topics section into a breeding ground for fake news that flooded the platform.
Facebook has gone out of its way to accommodate the needs of the far right over the years, such as enabling right-wing propaganda, holding key positions with Republican operatives, and now hiring someone who has contributed to the landscape. today’s distorted politics in a key op-ed. role. On top of that, Facebook has a long, documented history of introducing changes and features that, at best, have damaged the media’s ability to fact-check fake news and, more often, undermined everyone’s ability to make sense of it. to the world on and off the platform.
Facebook continues to assure us that it takes its role in our media landscape and our cultural commons seriously, but its actions rarely seem to match those sugary words. In fact, it makes perfect sense for Facebook to hire a Fox News producer who has been instrumental in feeding baby boomers with misleading stories, given that research has shown that baby boomers share the most fake news on Facebook. In reality, Facebook is just the Fox News of social networks.