Facebook vp of search Tom Stocky has posted a lengthy rebuttal to the report that Facebook workers were told to suppress conservative news stories.
Stocky said that his team and Facebook execs “have found no evidence that the anonymous allegations are true.”
Stocky countered that Facebook staffers who oversee the Trending Topics feature merely review stories, they don’t approve or insert them if they don’t pop up organically. Stocky even added that doing so would be “technically not feasible.”
“We have in place strict guidelines for our trending topic reviewers as they audit topics surfaced algorithmically: reviewers are required to accept topics that reflect real world events, and are instructed to disregard junk or duplicate topics, hoaxes, or subjects with insufficient sources. Facebook does not allow or advise our reviewers to systematically discriminate against sources of any ideological origin and we’ve designed our tools to make that technically not feasible. At the same time, our reviewers’ actions are logged and reviewed, and violating our guidelines is a fireable offense.”