Fox News claims it features "Real News" and "Real Honest Opinion," and it seems Facebook now agrees.
After years of accusations that Facebook's algorithm is programmed to favor left-leaning news coverage, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a plan to improve the quality and balance of the news in users' feeds. If the new lineup of Facebook's news briefing segments is any indication, that quality and balance is now tipping in favor of Fox News, Variety reported Wednesday.
Starting on July 16, ABC News, Mic, CNN, Bloomberg, and others will be featured in a dedicated news section on the social media site. But as The Verge pointed out, the schedule looks heavy on the Fox News coverage, while light on many others. Fox News will air in the morning and in the afternoon, with shows seven days a week. CNN, in comparison, will air segments led by Anderson Cooper five days a week, in the evenings only.
Eagle-eyed conservatives have been calling on Facebook to better highlight a wider array of ideologies, claiming that the platform was purposefully suppressing right-leaning news outlets. Whether Facebook is trying to make up for lost coverage or believes this schedule is the best way to provide "trustworthy, informative, and local" news, conservative news junkies can call this a win. Read more at The Verge. Summer Meza