AP to revisit social media policies after staffer’s firing

The Associated Press is standing by its dismissal last week of an Arizona-based information affiliate over pro-Palestinian messages on social media, however has promised workers it can reexamine the corporate’s social media coverage.

AP editors mentioned Monday in a memo obtained by the Post {that a} committee of staffers would assessment concepts for updating the wire service’s social media tips and convey ahead their favorites by Sept. 1. Any potential coverage adjustments would then be mentioned as a part of collective bargaining negotiations.

“One of the issues brought forward in recent days is the belief that restrictions on social media prevent you from being your true self, and that this disproportionately harms journalists of color, LGBTQ journalists and others who often feel attacked online,” mentioned the memo, which was first obtained by The Intercept. “We want to dive into this problem.

“Another request we’ve gotten is for more clarity about what can and can’t be said online,” the memo continued. “One suggestion is to provide examples that help illustrate our social media guidelines. We like that idea, and are eager for more.”

Emily Wilder was fired May 19 over what she described as “supposed violations of the AP’s social media policy between my first day [May 3] and Wednesday.”

Wilder appeared to be referring to a May 16 tweet during which she wrote, “‘objectivity’ feels fickle when the basic terms we use to report news implicitly stake a claim. using ‘israel’ but never ‘palestine,’ or ‘war’ but not ‘siege and occupation’ are political choices — yet media make those exact choices all the time without being flagged as biased.”

That tweet attracted the eye of the Stanford College Republicans, who unearthed posts during which Wilder (a Stanford alum) referred to late Las Vegas on line casino magnate and Israel supporter Sheldon Adelson as a “far-right, pro-Trump, naked mole rat-looking billionaire” and talked about main a protest in opposition to the Birthright program, which gives Jewish college students the chance to journey to Israel at minimal value.

Wilder’s posts have been written up in conservative shops like The Federalist and The Washington Free Beacon. Even Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) weighed in, tweeting that Wilder’s hiring was “[n]ot a surprise from a media organization that shared office space with Hamas.”

The Associated Press is standing by the decision to let Emily Wilder go, but has told employees the social media policy will be reexamined.
The Associated Press is standing by the choice to let Emily Wilder go, however has instructed workers the social media coverage will probably be reexamined.

The AP despatched out an preliminary memo Saturday, additionally initially obtained by The Intercept, which said that the choice to fireplace Wilder “was a difficult one [and] we did not make it lightly. Much of the coverage and commentary does not accurately portray what took place.”

Meanwhile, 144 AP staffers have signed an open letter demanding “more clarity from the company” about Wilder’s dismissal.

“Wilder was a young journalist, unnecessarily harmed by the AP’s handling and announcement of its firing of her,” the letter mentioned partly. “We need to know that the AP would stand behind and provide resources to journalists who are the subject of smear campaigns and online harassment. As journalists who cover contentious subjects, we are often the target of people unhappy with scrutiny. What happens when they orchestrate a smear campaign targeting another one of us?”

At least one AP staffer was not mollified by the Monday memo, describing it to The Intercept as “more kumbaye bulls—.”

“We have management that is woefully late in the understanding of disinformation and amplification on Twitter,” the staffer added.

Both memos have been signed by 10 prime editors, not together with govt editor Sally Buzbee, who formally begins her new job as govt editor at The Washington Post June 1. The AP mentioned Buzbee was not concerned within the Wilder case since she handed over day-to-day tasks to others after accepting the Washington Post job.

With Post wires

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