Leaked Facebook documents have eluded that the social media site is, allegedly, controlling what you see.
As Facebook likes to say that their algorithm controls the trending topic based on what you click on, what time it is, pages you're interested in, and locations, it also allegedly has one more caveat: a group of news editors that are instructed to put stories into the trending topics listing and remove topics that they don't want in there (according to The Guardian).
The article on The Guardian shares that Facebook uses sources from the following websites: "BBC News, CNN, Fox News, The Guardian, NBC News, The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Yahoo News or Yahoo” to determine what is to be considered as "trending," and then "injects" those stories into the pool of trending topics.
Justin Osofsky, Facebook’s vice-president of global operations is quoted in The Guardian that “Facebook does not allow or advise our reviewers to systematically discriminate against sources of any political origin, period. What these guidelines show is that we’ve approached this responsibly and with the goal of creating a high-quality product – in the hopes of delivering a meaningful experience for the people who use our service.
So what does that mean for us, in a day and age where we hope to get unbiased data from our peers and connections without any control from the internet? Well, honestly, we probably haven't been, and won't in the future.
Still, Mark Zuckerberg is trying to defend his organization. To read his statement, view the following post below (on Facebook, because, duh.):
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