This morning, a story began to circulate that a former Facebook employee was going public with accusations that Facebook actively tried to suppress conservative based news from spreading on the site in the trending section.
Facebook and other social media networks have become one of the most powerful and influential platforms for people to get their news and this situation has captured the attention of millions of people across the country.
Here is what Facebook responded with today.
From Tech Insider:
Facebook has fired back at a Gizmodo report that claims the social network’s employees “routinely suppressed” stories from conservative news outlets in its Trending Topics section.
“We take allegations of bias very seriously,” a Facebook spokesperson said, adding that guidelines for its workers “do not permit the suppression of political perspectives.”
Here’s Facebook’s full statement to Tech Insider, which doesn’t explicitly deny Gizmodo’s claims that former employees hid news stories based on political bias:
We take allegations of bias very seriously. Facebook is a platform for people and perspectives from across the political spectrum.
Trending Topics shows you the popular topics and hashtags that are being talked about on Facebook. There are rigorous guidelines in place for the review team to ensure consistency and neutrality. These guidelines do not permit the suppression of political perspectives. Nor do they permit the prioritization of one viewpoint over another or one news outlet over another. These guidelines do not prohibit any news outlet from appearing in Trending Topics.
Facebook has been criticized in the past for the way they have handled news stories and it appears that they completely reject the idea that they have done anything wrong here.
What do you think about Facebook’s response? Is it possible the story from this morning was over hyped?
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