Facebook Is Fully Capable Of Inserting Bias Into Your Feed
Facebook says it didn't suppress conservative news outlets, but if it wanted to, it absolutely could.By Leah Becerra | May 11, 2016
Facebook says its "news curators" didn't suppress conservative news outlets in its trending news module, even though it totally could have.
On Monday, Gizmodo cited anonymous sources claiming to be former Facebook contractors who said they routinely weeded out news from conservative sites while moderating the "Trending News" section. Naturally, Facebook denies the accusation.
The man in charge of Facebook's trending topics team explained that after an algorithm picks out popular topics for the module, humans audit the results. During that review process, bias could easily seep into what's considered "top news."