The trending news section is located on the right-hand side of Facebook’s homepage, and it links to the world’s most popular and curated news headlines, frequently updating to provide a top news bulletin for Facebook’s over 1 billion users. In an interview with Gizmodo, numerous former curators who wished to remain anonymous discussed the working environment at Facebook’s news department and revealed that certain news outlets were favored among others.
“It was clear that Zuckerberg could squash the project at any moment,” said one former curator. “We weren’t treated as individuals. We were treated in this robot way,” said another.
Curators were “told to select articles from a list of preferred media outlets that included sites like the New York Times, Time, Variety, and other traditional outlets. They would regularly avoid sites like World Star Hip Hop, The Blaze, and Breitbart, but were never explicitly told to suppress those outlets,” wrote Gizmodo after speaking to numerous ex-employees who were mostly hired by Facebook from liberal outlets such as MSNBC, New York Daily News, and the Guardian.More.
Reality check: The internet made us free because we can find our own news. But it is only free if we know how to use it. Just assume that anything that promotes a big, progressive government agenda has been curated. Seek real news instead.
See also: Comcast runs MSNBC to ward off attacks by progressive politicians? In today’s media climate, that would just be smart business.