Well, so much for Facebook’s claims to be an honest information broker: Turns out its list of “trending” topics comes with a hefty political bias.
the “trending” feed — which only starts with topics flagged by a computer algorithm as to what users are actually posting about.
The exposé reveals one level of bias imposed by management — and another from the peons hired to do the work.
Several curators cited routine nixing of right-of-center topics — news about Mitt Romney, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and even Lois Lerner, the face of the IRS scandal.
Ironic: IRS employees used their power to suppress righty speech, and Facebook then suppressed the fact its users cared about it . . .
Why did the curators censor? Well, the folks hired to do the work came largely from elite private colleges — you know, the ones now plagued by demands for “safe spaces” where “threatening” ideas are forbidden.