Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Monday May 09, 2016

Former Facebook Workers: We Routinely Suppressed Conservative News

This article is a follow-up to the story we posted last week about former "news curators" working at Facebook (link). It would seem that, if this story is to be believed, Facebook routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers and promotes news items they feel people should be reading instead.

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 thingآ—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."

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