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Facebook calls itself a technology company
- Technology companies should not have political leanings nor bias
- Meanwhile, a media company has a communicative vision and purpose
- They do have bias
- This May, Gizmodo revealed Facebook routinely suppressed conservative news stories in the ‘trending’ section of your news feed
- A former Facebook worker said:
- “Workers prevented stories about the right wing CPAC gathering, Mitt Romney, Rand Paul and other conservative topics from appearing in the highly-influential section, even thought they were organically trending among the site’s users”
If Facebook workers tamper with a news feed then your new feed is biased
- Meanwhile Facebook claims their trending topics are simply popular articles shared around the world
Why should you care?
- A reader of traditional media can educated themselves about hte biases associated with that content
- A readwe has no idea how to interpret the articles they read on Facebook
- Which gives Facebook enormous influential power in how we think
Why should we worry?
- 1 billion people log onto Facebook every day
- 60% Americans get their news direct from Facebook
- With a huge audience – Facebook gets a lot of money from advertisers
- Which should be going to the publishers
- News outlets and publishers are closing around the world because they can’t make any money