Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Facebook deliberately suppresses conservative news on its 'trending' feed
Facebook deliberately suppresses conservative news from its 'trending' section, former staffers claim.
The social network has never specified how trending articles are selected, but long implied it was generated by an impartial algorithm.
However, former editors of the news feed claim staff - or, 'news curators' - 'routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers.'
They were told to 'inject' certain stories to boost them on the list, regardless of their popularity, the staffers claims.
And the allegedly left-leaning team are given free rein to bury conservative articles if they have a bias against them, they said.
The bombshell claims were made in a series of anonymous interviews former Facebook staff gave to tech news site Gizmodo on Monday.
One staffer, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told the site: 'I’d come on shift and I’d discover that CPAC or Mitt Romney or Glenn Beck or popular conservative topics wouldn’t be trending because either the curator didn’t recognize the news topic or it was like they had a bias against Ted Cruz.'
On Monday, Facebook hit back at the allegations insisting there are 'guidelines' to prevent bias, laying blame on employees.
The news feed was launched in 2014. It promotes 10 stories to its 167 million users, branding them as must-read topics.