Former Facebook employees who curated the site's trending news feed claim the company has had a political bias against stories that might appeal to conservatives.
In a report in Gizmodo, the former Facebook workers said colleagues would prevent stories about right-wing issues such as CPAC, Mitt Romney and Rand Paul from appearing in the influential section, despite the fact that such stories would organically trend among site users.
"Depending on who was on shift, things would be blacklisted or trending," the former employee told 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 didn't recognize the news topic or it was like they had a bias against Ted Cruz."
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"It was absolutely bias. We were doing it subjectively. It just depends on who the curator is and what time of day it is," a different former employee told Gizmodo. "Every once in a while, 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."
Drudge Report, Breitbart, Washington Examiner, and Newsmax are among the conservative new organizations that allegedly were flagged as suspect by Facebook curators.