Facebook Accused of Suppressing Conservative News Stories

May 10, 2016 Headlines
And the social media site Facebook has been accused of suppressing news stories on political grounds. Former Facebook workers told the website Gizmodo they routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers by keeping them out of the “trending” stories section on the sidebar. Among the topics they purportedly suppressed were those about the right-wing CPAC gathering, Mitt Romney and Rand Paul. They were also told to exclude news about Facebook itself, they said. Gizmodo technology editor Michael Nuñez wrote: “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.” Facebook has denied the allegations it filtered out conservative stories.

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