Facebook’s New Head Of News Has Deep Republican Ties

Joe Kohen via Getty Images Campbell Brown, a former television journalist who became an education activist, has been tapped to run Facebook’s news partnerships team. Brown worked as an anchor for NBC and CNN before becoming heavily involved in education advocacy and starting an education news site called The Seventy Four. She has close ties to the Republican Party. Brown will “help news organizations and journalists work more closely and more effectively with Facebook,” she wrote in a Facebook post Friday on her new job. She will not be involved in content decisions, but will help facilitate Facebook’s relationships with news organizations, according to The New York Times. The hire comes as Facebook takes steps to curb the spread of false news stories that proliferated during the 2016 election. Although Brown has criticized President-elect Donald Trump, she has deep Republican connections. Her husband, Dan Senor, has advised House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis), and worked for the Bush administration during the Iraq invasion. Brown has described herself as a friend of billionaire Betsy DeVos, Trump’s pick or education secretary, and DeVos’ family foundation helped fund an education news site co-founded by Brown. Brown also sits on the board...

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