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Facebook denied the report, saying it has "rigorous guidelines" to ensure political neutrality in the distribution of news to its 1.6 billion users around the globe.
"We take allegations of bias very seriously. Facebook is a platform for people and perspectives from across the political spectrum. Trending Topics shows you the popular topics and hashtags that are being talked about on Facebook," the company said in an emailed statement.
"These guidelines do not permit the suppression of political perspectives. Nor do they permit the prioritization of one viewpoint over another or one news outlet over another. These guidelines do not prohibit any news outlet from appearing in Trending Topics."
The Gizmodo report underscored rising alarm about Facebook's growing influence in what news gets read. At issue: the small box in the upper right of a Facebook page that lists news topics that are popular on Facebook. Facebook relies on automated systems to identify what's popular. A team of curators then refine the list.
originally posted by: Metallicus
a reply to: ColdWisdom
I think we all knew that Facebook was pushing a liberal agenda, but I didn't realize they were actively suppressing the opposition. It just goes to show you can' trust social media (I don't have it or use it).
originally posted by: ketsuko
a reply to: JoshuaCox
Gizmodo is linked in with sites like io9 and Jezebel, so it's hardly conservative in its views but I wouldn't necessarily say it's overtly lib either? At least I wouldn't say it is in its mission statement anymore than io9 is. Jezebel on the other hand and Gawker ... well, we know about Gawker from the Hulk Hogan lawsuit.
I got this list from io9's page. I sometimes go there for sci-fi type stuff.
So an anonymous source making claims that they aren't able to prove is absolutely 100% believed by the Conservatives here, but the response by a company able to offer evidence in their statements about the system they have in place to make sure bias isn't factored in is totally and entirely not true...
The US Senate Commerce Committee—which has jurisdiction over media issues, consumer protection issues, and internet communication—has sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg requesting answers to questions it has on its trending topics section. The letter comes after Gizmodo on Monday reported on allegations by one former news curator, who worked for Facebook as a contractor, that the curation team routinely suppressed or blacklisted topics of interest to conservatives. That report also included allegations from several former curators that they used a “injection tool” to add or bump stories onto the trending module.