Facebook’s Bias

Just a quick thought while I’m in between hops on grant proposals:

It was revealed this week that Facebook has been quietly curating their news feeds to have a more liberal slant. John Thune is now demanding answers from Facebook on the subject.

Let me be brief.

  • This does not appear to be any official corporate policy. Facebook relies on employees to curate the news and those employees tend to be young and liberal.
  • Facebook is a private company. They can do whatever the hell they want. I’m disappointed that they’re doing this but unsurprised.
  • If you’re relying on Facebook to tell you what’s going on the world, you deserve what you get. It’s a social media platform, not the New York Times.
  • Thune needs to shut the hell up. This is none of the government’s God damned business.
  • This is yet another piece of evidence that conservatives aren’t the only ones living in an “echo chamber”. In fact, I would argue that the liberal echo chamber is much tighter than the conservative one. The Daily Show is liberal. Vox is liberal. HuffPo is liberal. Our college campuses are not just liberal, but radically liberal. Twitter and Facebook tend to be liberal. If your consumption of news is confined to that and Daily Kos, you’re not exactly exposing yourself to intellectual challenges.

Ultimately, I don’t really care. I go to Facebook to see baby pictures and make jokes about my inadequacies. I don’t go there to find out how the Obama Administration screwed up today.

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  1. repmom

    Ultimately, I don’t really care. I go to Facebook to see baby pictures and make jokes about my inadequacies. I don’t go there to find out how the Obama Administration screwed up today.

    Amen to that. Share and keep up with family and friends. Comment on latest book or movie. And maybe an occasional rant on Trump.

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  2. Seattle Outcast

    Get your news from the New York Times?  Why not just read Mao’s little red book instead?  Pretty much the same thing…

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  3. FPrefect89

    This does not appear to be any official corporate policy. Facebook relies on employees to curate the news and those employees tend to be young and liberal.

    Given that the algorithm that Failbook uses depends on “likes” of your friends and pretty much every other person on it.  One of the reasons I disabled my account was because I was seeing way too much on Bernie and Trump.  I would ignore the new ones, yet because of friends “liking” things, Failbook automatically assumed that I would want to see the new source.

    There is a large amount of FUD in the stories about this.  Chief among them the “anonymous” employee and the statement.  Given the simple fact that the news feed and the trending stories are done simply by likes, not anything nefarious done by Failbook.

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  4. Hal_10000 *

    Yeah, it’s looking more and more like that.  May have jumped the gun a bit, but stand by what I said: they’re a private company, Congress shouldn’t interfere and you shouldn’t be getting your new from FB.

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  5. AlexInCT

    Facebook, as a private company should be allowed to do whatever they want within the bounds of the law. And no, I don’t want any law that pretends to create justice in news, because the next thing will be reeducation camps.

    My choice however to not ever be on Facebook – or for that matter social media in general – seems to have been vindicated, yet again, by this latest debacle.

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