Obviously, and to no one is total surprise; Facebook continues to be wielding indiscriminate censorship yet again!
This time by exploiting the “trending news” attribute to control relevant news stories introduced by both Conservative and Independent media sources, in accordance to an insider turned whistleblower.
As Gizmodo reported, a former journalist to whom worked in that division, “says that workers prevented stories about right-wing CPAC gathering, Mitt Romney, Rand Paul, and other conservative topics from appearing in the highly-influential section, even though they were originally trending among the site’s users.”
Possibly immediately impacting how topics come to be newsworthy events.
Facebook “news curators,” as they are called, were being apparently told to “inject” several topics into the trending feed .
perhaps if said items were not well-known prior to that fake component.
Also not surprisingly, the former curators declare these folks instructed to not allow news relevant to Facebook into the trending list .
This is ironic, contemplating at the time of this article, this particular topic was trending on Facebook.
Suppression of relevant conservative news by Facebook curators comes after last week’s report, and by Gizmodo.
In which exposed a pressure filled, quota heavy, cellar operation at the social media’s headquarters.
Several of the news curators, who are employed as contractors instead of regular wage employees are hired to the company fresh out of journalism school.
Certainly, Facebook’s choke hold on the news offers free press promoters worried, specifically since the company functions as a major news source for enormous amounts of people.
The acknowledgment that it also positively muzzles legitimate news stories will only energy long held cynicism its rules are used as an justification for censoring items it would favor not be widely seen.
Popular corporate news outlets sustains a distinct benefit in Facebook’s newest programs.
Such as, Instant Articles and videos posted using Facebook Live.
With regard to the Social Media Giant pays publishers who seem to meet weekly quotas.
Even though Mark Zuckerberg has not concealed his purpose to control the news market, the findings that certain items; no matter how newsworthy, simply does not make the cut when Facebook has a difference in political philosophy, this does not bode well.
“Depending on who was on shift, things would be blacklisted or trending,” revealed one former curator, who requested to remain anonymous, to Gizmodo. “I’d come on shift and I’d discover that CPAC or Mitt Romney or Glenn Beck or popular conservative topics wouldn’t be trending because either the curator did not identify the news topic or it was such as they possessed a bias against Ted Cruz.”
This curator, who defined himself as conservative and quite definitely in the minority amongst the curators for obtaining those views, in addition said, “I believe it had a chilling effect on conservative news.”
Therefore troubled by what he observed in that reductions of information, the curator commenced maintaining a log of what was being omitted.
“Among the deep-sixed or suppressed topics on the list,” Gizmodo unveiled after critiquing the curator’s log, “former IRS official Lois Lerner, who was accused by Republicans of inappropriately scrutinizing conservative groups; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker; popular conservative new aggregator the Drudge Report; Chris Kyle, the former Navy SEAL who was murdered in 2013; and former Fox News contributor Steven Crowder.”
Extremely amazingly, an additional curator defined stories covered by reliable but non-mainstream conservative outlets.
Such as; Newsmax, Breitbart, and Washington Examiner, could be regularly glossed over right up until the more substantial outlets indexed the same stories.
This took place actually when the reports from the smaller outlets were being picked up naturally by Facebook’s algorithms.
According to Gizmodo, many other former curators balked at the concept they intentionally covered up conservative news, however what would be included in trending topics was entirely subjective.
“It was absolutely bias,” a different former curator explained,“We were doing it subjectively. It just depends on who the curator is and what time of day it is. Every once in awhile a Red State or conservative news source would have a story. But we would have to go and find the same story from a more neutral outlet that wasn’t as biased.”
If Orwell was initially right in 1984, expressing “Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past” , then the gargantuan social media system probably have the power to condition not only the news, but history itself.
In an election year undoubtedly fraught with controversy; hints: we are not viewing topics of interest to every single segment of political belief are much less than welcome news.