Facebook Reportedly Censors Bad News about Itself from Its “Trending” News Section

Monday afternoon, Facebook published a blog post about its artificial intelligence system, “FBLearner Flow,” which is “part of…highlighting trending topics,” among other things. Monday morning, Gizmodo published a follow-up to an exposé about why that artificial intelligence system is neither artificial nor particularly intelligent. Those quote-unquote trending topics, to which the average consumer upon first encounter gives a puzzled side-eye and then thinks, “Eh, must be an algorithm” — those quote-unquote trending topics are in fact a curated list designed to both make Facebook look perennially good and to censor particular ideologies. Which ideologies, you ask? “Facebook workers routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers from the social network’s influential ‘trending’ news section, according to a former journalist who worked on the project,” Gizmodo reports. In hindsight, Facebook…


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