Facebook’s Algorithm Only as Unbiased as Its Creators
Facebook’s algorithm only as unbiased as its creators
www.washingtontimes.com ^ | Monday, May 16, 2016 | Valerie Richardson
Posted on 5/17/2016, 8:39:26 AM by dila813
It turns out the algorithms that govern the internet can be as biased as the people who create and update them.
That may be the most surprising takeaway from the political bias scandal that has enveloped Facebook after former employees told the tech blog Gizmodo that they would sometimes suppress conservative-friendly items and promote liberal reports on the newsfeed’s “trending topics” box.
Even if no humans were involved, however, the algorithm would not have been completely neutral because it was written by humans, digital media analysts say.