Monday, May 09, 2016

Ministry of Truth …

… Former Facebook Workers: We Routinely Suppressed Conservative News.

In other words, Facebook’s news section operates like a traditional newsroom, reflecting the biases of its workers and the institutional imperatives of the corporation. Imposing human editorial values onto the lists of topics an algorithm spits out is by no means a bad thing—but it is in stark contrast to the company’s claims that the trending module simply lists “topics that have recently become popular on Facebook.”
The dishonesty — intellectual and otherwise — is telling. If one has confidence in one's viewpoint, one welcomes challenges to it.

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