Some conservatives have “unfriended” Facebook, meaning they don’t want to be a “friend” or user anymore. Friendship is a two-way street, even as defined on social media, and the news, denied by its management, that Facebook routinely suppresses news that appeals to conservative audiences, shouldn’t surprise anyone. Many newspapers and radio and television networks have been doing this for decades, tilting coverage to favor liberal and left-wing candidates and values.
The technology blog Gizmodo reported this week that a former contractor claims that Facebook news “curators” (meaning “editors”) routinely manipulate the trending news feed found at the top right corner of its Internet home page. The practice is intended to eliminate stories from conservative news sources such as The Washington Times and Breitbart unless the topics are “validated” by coverage by the left-leaning, such as The New York Times and CNN. This frustrates grown-ups who want to decide for themselves what news is fit to print, but the possibility that bias creeps into the coverage of the news is old news.
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