Facebook is one of the most popular social media sites on the Internet. To make it grow bigger, Facebook included a Trending News team. As the name states, it was designed to show users the most popular topics that were being discussed across Facebook. However it seems that most of the Trending News team were liberals.
Facebook has also announced that they have fired this Trending News team because they were personally selecting the stories that were going to be seen. And since they were liberals, they were not showing many topics that would be interesting to conservatives on Facebook!
Facebook has tried to claim that their Trending Topics team wasn’t politically biased, but since the entire team was fired, a former member of that team has stepped forward and actively said that they discriminated against Conservative websites like Breitbart.
Facebook tried to have some damage control when this incident first came up in MAY! They tried to apologize and met with people from Fox News, The Blaze, and the Media Research Center to show that they weren’t biased against conservative viewpoints.
Well it turns out that that was a LIE. The former team member, who was having an interview with Digiday, claimed, “Ninety percent of the team identified as liberal, including the copy editors, who essentially had the final approval on topics.” That means that if there were anything that would be good for Republicans, this team wouldn’t show it!
Since Facebook is among one of the most popular social networks in the entire world, this has drastic effects! They actively scrutinized sites like Breitbart. “If a source came up that may have been less credible to a liberal reviewer—like Breitbart or another publication like that—it would require more extensive secondary sourcing. However, if there was an article that came from a more liberal-slanted publication, it was essentially given less critique and was a more viable topic from the get-go.”
Facebook’s Trending News Team was acting more like a liberal watchdog than trying to supply the news. By trying to scrutinize sources like Breitbart that would have been beneficial to conservatives, this highly liberal team was trying to shove more liberal news down our throats instead of showing news that could be considered anti-liberal.
So many people use Facebook that when the original story broke in May that this Trending Topics team was using bias in its searches, that there was a Congressional investigation into the social media site. Republican Senator John Thune, who is the Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, actually sent a letter to the CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, demanding answers to this.
Facebook also launched an internal investigation, but shockingly, they didn’t find anything. Well according to the former team member, something did change. Before the article came out in May that first brought up allegations of news bias, they would be able to inject a news story if they wanted.
“You couldn’t just inject a topic after the Gizmodo article came out. In the past, we had the ability to inject news topics, but I didn’t see it happen with any sales requests. The requests we got from them were more like if a topic was already trending, and there was related media or articles, they would request that we add that. But I still felt like that was a break of journalism ethics.”
Yes it was! Instead of showing people the truth about what was going on, this group decided to act as a censor and shield people from news that could damage their liberal ideologies. That is the only way to describe this! They were censoring what people could see!
This Trending News problem might have just been the beginning for Facebook. It also has bias in the pages that it suspends! In fact it seems that the pages that are being suspended, aka censored, are gun store owners, immigration police, popular anti-SJW pages (Social Justice Warrior), and pages that mock the Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton.
Looking closely at those pages that are suspended, they are all pages that Conservatives might be looking at! Facebook is becoming just as bad as Twitter, since that social media site also seems to censor pro-conservative accounts. Once again Facebook is trying to act like a media watchdog and purposefully tell people which accounts are okay and which are not.
So not only do you have to be careful of which pages you like, but if you post anything that could be considered anti-liberal, you run the risk of having your page suspended. That is the type of censorship that people now have to watch out for in 2016.
Instead of being able to proudly state that you’re a conservative, they want you to be afraid. Well that is often the first step in trying to create a totalitarian style of government. Meaning they are going to watch your every move, censor the media to show only pro-liberal news, and convince people that any pro-conservative page is bad news.
Well that isn’t what the United States of America stands for. You are allowed to look and post whatever you want. By censoring this, it shows that the liberals are scared. They are scared that they will not have power anymore.
Well make them even more afraid. Share this article to show that you are not going to stand for censorship anymore! Not only that but make sure to go out and vote for Donald Trump because we have had enough of the censorship of President Obama AND his administration. That includes Clinton. So if you’re tired of being censored, SPEAK OUT. Share this and show people what Facebook has been doing. Let’s get real change in here.