Monday, May 09, 2016

Facebook cooks the news. Shocking, right?

Well, it appears in a new revelation that surprises no one, Facebook trends are propaganda.

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.

Several former Facebook "news curators," as they were known internally, also told Gizmodo that they were instructed to artificially "inject" selected stories into the trending news module, even if they weren't popular enough to warrant inclusion—or in some cases weren't trending at all. The former curators, all of whom worked as contractors, also said they were directed not to include news about Facebook itself in the trending module.

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 thing—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."

In other, completely unrelated news Mark Zuckerberg the CEO of Facebook spends half his time partying at the White House. Looks like the Conservative Movement should be sinking money into a reliable internet search engine and a Conservative themed social media set-up.

So yes, Kathy Shaidle is RIGHT. Again. Damn it!

The Phantom

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