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Facebook bias: It’s baked into the algorithms

From WND
15 May 2016

 

4-month study shows 5 sites victimized by ideology of social-media giant
 
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WASHINGTON – A four-month WND study of Facebook traffic and engagement patterns of prominent alternative news sites with a more “conservative” perspective confirms recent charges that the social-media giant actually ignores its own rules and guidelines at the expense of these online enterprises.

The issue of Facebook bias erupted just recently when former staffers who worked on the company’s Trending Topics fixture said in a report in the tech blog Gizmodo they were told to suppress certain conservative issues, and promote liberal topics.

The company explained that the Trending Topics stories are picked by a software formula, and then reviewed by staff members, and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg first denied the social network’s editors suppress conservative news from its website feature.

Zuckerberg then went further, saying he wants to invite “leading conservatives and people from across the political spectrum” to talk about the allegations about “Trending Topics” on his website.

He said he couldn’t find evidence to support the concerns.

Facebook Vice President of Search Tom Stocky went further, denying the allegations, writing on the site:

“My team is responsible for Trending Topics, and I want to address today’s reports alleging that Facebook contractors manipulated Trending Topics to suppress stories of interest to conservatives. We take these reports extremely seriously, and have found no evidence that the anonymous allegations are true.”

But statistics generated by Facebook itself may conflict with that determination.
 
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2 responses to “Facebook bias: It’s baked into the algorithms

  1. FatherJon 2016-05-15 at 5:52 pm

    A recent Spectator article stated that Angela Merkel had directly asked Zuckerberg to tone down the anti-Muslim refugee groups and posts on FB to which he agreed –

    http://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/05/the-internets-war-on-free-speech/

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    • angelforisrael 2016-05-15 at 8:34 pm

      I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised.

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