Monday, May 09, 2016

Facebook Skews News ?

Interesting story on Facebook's news policies that just showed up, of all places, on Facebook. One former FB news "curator" claims stories friendly to conservatives were suppressed.

I'm not suprised, but will have to say I spend a fair amount of time on Facebook if only because of the news feeds they post on my page. I spend hours reading the stories. I've never felt they controlled the feeds, at least to any great extent, because I find any number of stories that interest me.


At 10:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To be fair, the claimed editing was from specific hard right wacky sources that are beyond nutty. It's not like they were censoring Fox News. And if you think this practice is unusual, uh, every news organization in the world picks and chooses and prioritizes what to show you, and what not to show you... and virtually all of that editing includes a political bias.

At 10:37 AM, Blogger Rick Wentworth said...

a friend that owns several facebook accounts that range from nascar to conservative to revolutionary war , has had a couple of his conservative facebook accounts taken away , eliminated and lots on his revolutionary war account edited .
on his remaining couple accounts he has had comments edited when he talks about modern school books not showing proper accounts of history , only showing half truths

At 10:40 AM, Blogger Julie Timmons said...

I hate FB but it's a necessary evil.

At 12:19 PM, Blogger Sally Sheffield said...

Never used Facebook, so I don't know what goes on there!

At 8:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's true, they've been censoring for a long time. At first they provided an option to go ahead & open the link, but now they just completely forbid visiting. Fortunately, the address URL bar will highlight and let us find the story/article/video through Bing.
It's not just conservatives. It's any news that provides truths that compete against propaganda.
Interesting to note, one of the articles FB decided to censor, was the Royal College of Physicians that proved eCigs were 95% safer for consumers than regular tobacco. The advocate group Casaa was forbidden from advertising it.


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