Former Facebook employees allegedly admit to suppressing conservative news stories
Many of us have grown tired of the bias in the mainstream media and have turned to the alternative media for getting information. I personally stopped watching the news on television, including Fox News, several years ago and rely on the internet for my information. I read my news from many sites, both liberal and conservative, and then I make a decision based on what I have read.
Many people get their news nowadays from social media and while I am on Facebook and Twitter I do not rely on these sites for news because many times it seems people post articles from sites which are less than trustworthy. It takes a discerning mind to sift through what is true and what is not on Facebook and Twitter because everyone on those sites has an agenda.
If this story is true my suspicions have been confirmed because some former Facebook employees are admitting they used their positions to stifle conservative posts while promoting liberal posts. Here is more:
Facebook workers routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers from the social network’s influential “trending” news section, according to a former journalist who worked on the project. This individual says that workers prevented stories about the right-wing CPAC gathering, Mitt Romney, Rand Paul, and other conservative topics from appearing in the highly-influential section, even though they were organically trending among the site’s users.
Several former Facebook “news curators,” as they were known internally, also told Gizmodo that they were instructed to artificially “inject” selected stories into the trending news module, even if they weren’t popular enough to warrant inclusion—or in some cases weren’t trending at all. The former curators, all of whom worked as contractors, also said they were directed not to include news about Facebook itself in the trending module.
In other words, Facebook’s news section operates like a traditional newsroom, reflecting the biases of its workers and the institutional imperatives of the corporation. Imposing human editorial values onto the lists of topics an algorithm spits out is by no means a bad thing—but it is in stark contrast to the company’s claims that the trending module simply lists “topics that have recently become popular on Facebook.”
In keeping with the theme of this post I would caution my readers to take this information for what you think it is worth because I have no idea how reliable Gizmodo is, but I personally would not be surprised if this is true…
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