“Rogue employees may have unintentionally discriminated against conservative stories or even acted with malice in “isolated improper actions.”
Facebook announced on Monday that it is sending employees for re-training and will discontinue some of its practices that led to political bias against conservatives, saying that employees played a larger role than previously admitted in determining what news shows up in the trending news section.
They also reasoned that some conservative stories may have been denied “because there were already enough stories” about that topic.
Facebook said it probed seven separate allegations, including treatment of CPAC, conservative host Glenn Beck, former IRS senior executive Lois G. Lerner, the Drudge Report and others, and concluded there were no substantiated instances of political bias.
Some stories were rejected because the news sources were questionable, or because the topic was already represented, Facebook explained.
It said liberal and conservative topics saw “virtually identical” treatment, while “moderate” topics fared the best because they were “popular across the political spectrum.”
Employees are being retrained, and Facebook will be discontinuing the use of 10 news outlets it used to judge a story’s importance, including Fox News, New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, NBC and BuzzFeed.
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