Tuesday, May 10, 2016

What Kind of News is Facebook Censoring?

Trigger Warning:
This Trigger Warning suppressed by Facebook.
Oh my, there are shenanigans going on at Facebook?  That's what the tech website Gizmodo reported yesterday.  According to several former Facebook employees, the company has a policy of ensuring that certain types of news stories don't make it onto their trending list.  What kind of news stories?  Why anything that's even remotely conservative, of course:
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.
Oh my, I'm shocked.  Shocked I tell you!
Well, not that shocked.  Gizmodo editor Michael Nunez was on CBS This Morning today to talk about the story:
Is anyone really surprised by any of this?  Show of hands if you are.

Yeah I didn't think so.

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