A number of former Facebook employees have revealed that the popular social media site adjusts the news stories it presents in order to encourage a liberal bias.
The whistleblowers, who asked to remain anonymous, told Gizmodo that the site’s “news curators” were told to modify the “trending news” section by hiding stories that supported conservative attitudes and promoting others that interested liberals.
One of the few conservative curators was disappointed at how dedicated many of his colleagues were to the task of making right-wing news disappear and began keeping track of suppressed stories. His list included former IRS official Lois Lerner, who admitted to targeting conservative groups for extra scrutiny; murdered former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle; and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.
One of the most direct examples described in Gizmodo was the Black Lives Matter movement, which largely grew out of social media posts. While it was in its early stages, Facebook decided to actively intervene in order to make the movement’s posts reach a wider audience.