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Sunday, May 19, 2024
Media/ShowbizMisinformation

Fox Used to Hate Disinformation Experts. Now It’s Hiring One.

Fox Corporation is hiring a counter-disinformation specialist as Fox News continues to denounce efforts to fight disinformation.

Editor: Isn’t this a crazy development? I have to wonder if it has anything to do so the testimony of Lev Parnas before Congress where he called out Fox News and Republican Senators by name, for knowingly spreading Russian disinformation?


Fox News, one of the most relentless critics of the war on disinformation, now has a new challenge: Its parent company is looking to build up its own internal capability to combat disinformation. 

Last week, Fox Corporation issued a job posting looking for a corporate “trust and safety behavioral analyst” whose responsibilities would include identifying “misinformation/disinformation.” The job aims to establish a content moderation system across Fox’s businesses, which includes Fox News, to fight disinformation. The corporation will work in close coordination with unnamed partners both inside and outside of the company, the posting says. To this end, Fox intends to use pattern recognition, a key component of artificial intelligence, to “identify hostile users,” the job description says.

The analyst, Fox says, would tend to the “ongoing community health and brand safety of Fox sites and apps that interact directly with users” in order to “safeguard … user communities.” A background in “psychology, criminal justice, social media, gaming, news or media” is a plus, the job announcement says.

Asked about the job posting, Fox did not respond to a request for comment.

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