Former Facebook “news curators” reportedly told Gizmodo that they were told to artificially “inject” certain stories into trending news, even if they weren’t popular enough.
One person reportedly said workers prevented stories about the CPAC gathering, Mitt Romney and Rand Paul- to name a few- from appearing in the trending section, even though they were trending.
On Monday, Facebook released the following statement about the accusations:
“We take allegations of bias very seriously. Facebook is a platform for people and perspectives from across the political spectrum. Trending Topics shows you the popular topics and hashtags that are being talked about on Facebook. There are rigorous guidelines in place for the review team to ensure consistency and neutrality. These guidelines do not permit the suppression of political perspectives. Nor do they permit the prioritization of one viewpoint over another or one news outlet over another. These guidelines do not prohibit any news outlet from appearing in Trending Topics.”
— Ema O'Connor (@o_ema) May 9, 2016