Former Facebook workers have revealed a massive scheme within the social media giant that ultimately suppresses the news and viewpoints that they don’t like while at the same time promoting the stories and agendas of their choosing.
According to Gizmodo, a few former “news curators” admitted they were instructed to ignore conservative leaning stories and to keep them out of the “Trending News” section that is highly visible on everyone’s news feed. Even if the stories had become viral or started trending organically, the curators were instructed to prevent them from appearing.
“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 didn’t recognize the news topic or it was like that had a bias against Ted Cruz,” a former curator said.
Newsmax, Breitbart, Drudge Report, and the Washington Post were all news sources that were ignored by Facebook’s curators. “I believe it had a chilling effect on conservative news,” the former curator said.
The thinking behind that type of censorship is that those who control the news are able to control the narrative. As with any “news” organization or news aggregate, it is operated with a specific bias. So while it shouldn’t come as a total shock, it is disturbing to see that people aren’t being shown the news that matters to them. Instead they are shown whatever agenda the social media giant is attempting to push onto the masses.
It was also revealed that the curators weren’t just censoring stories based on their personal bias, they were also injecting stories that weren’t trending but were agenda driven, such as actions and protests of the “Black Lives Matter” group.
Does Facebook’s censorship surprise you?