Facebook hit with allegations of filtering out conservative news
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After technology blog Gizmodo accused Facebook of favoring liberal news, Mark Zuckerberg has issued an investigation and agreed to meet with conservative leaders in order to address problems.
Facebook is allegedly “injecting” liberal news into the trending topics section of the site even when the topic is not, according to an article posted by Gizmodo. The article goes to point out that several of those involved in managing the trending section, called news curators by Facebook, would exclude conservative news via an algorithm that specifies which news article is currently being discussed worldwide. On the other hand, the management of Facebook is not directly tied to the act of bias towards conservative news.
In response, Ceo Mark Zuckerberg claimed that Facebook’s internal investigation towards news bias has produced no evidence that would indicate any form of learning left. The company has also released a 28- page report that showed their editorial guidelines towards picking which news topics to cover.
Zuckerberg also proposed to, “ inviting leading conservatives and people from across the political spectrum,” to discuss any issues they had towards the controversy.
“The reason I care so much about this is that it gets to the core of everything Facebook is and everything I want it to be,” wrote Zuckerberg in Facebook,” Every tool we build is designed to give more people a voice and bring our global community together. For as long as I’m leading this company this will always be our mission.
Tom Stocky, the manager of the trending topics section of Facebook, has also denied any allegations in a Facebook post on May 9. According to Stocky, the algorithm that is used to determine trend-worthy news is being fact-checked by the company’s review members in order to make sure that the topic is indeed trending. However, USA Today reports that under the editorial guidelines Facebook used, stories could be “artificially” inserted into the trending topics section and that there is preference to news outlets.