Facebook’s Mask Comes Off

Resist FacebookIn a revelation which will surprise no one, Facebook employees have admitted the social site routinely suppresses conservative news stories.

So basically Facebook is just like Twitter, but with a much douchier CEO.

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.

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.”

Sadly, most social sites are liberally owned and operated, so they may foist their views on their consumers without repercussions. While we may not be able to combat time-wasting sinkholes like Facebook, exposing them for the liberals they are is a good start.