Hear that? It’s the sound of millions of right wing commenters losing their minds as they read that Facebook routinely suppressed conservative news stories.
According to Gizmodo, several former news curators for Facebook’s “trending” news section admitted that their bosses asked them to ignore stories on people like Rand Paul and Mitt Romney, despite the fact that those stories were organically trending.
“Depending on who was on shift, things would be blacklisted or trending,” one of the anonymous former curators told Gizmodo. “I’d come on shift and I’d discover that CPAC or Mitt Romney or Glenn Beck or popular conservative topics wouldn’t be trending because either the curator didn’t recognize the news topic or it was like they had a bias against Ted Cruz.”
Likewise, just as those staffers were told to omit right wing items, they were sometimes instructed to insert news stories if they were being covered by the dreaded (fictitious) “main stream media.”
“We were told that if we saw something, a news story that was on the front page of these ten sites—like CNN, The New York Times, and BBC—then we could inject the topic,” said a former Facebook worker. “If it looked like it had enough news sites covering the story, we could inject it — even if it wasn’t naturally trending.”
While we’re sure the anger is just flowing out of conservative Facebook users right now, this isn’t that shocking. If you have humans curating news, there will be biases. It’s important to take everything you read with a grain of salt.
Just as right wing sites like Drudge Report lean right, it seems that Facebook leans left. Or should we say, leans correctly. We kid, we kid! Please don’t say mean things.