Facebook trending news engages in bias against so-called “conservative” news sources such as the Drudge Report, Breitbart, Newsmax, the Washington Examiner and Infowars in favor of establishment sources, including The New York Times, CNN and the BBC, according to former contractors.
“It was absolutely bias,” a former curator told Gizmodo. “Every once in awhile a Red State or conservative news source would have a story. But we would have to go and find the same story from a more neutral outlet that wasn’t as biased.”
In other words, the curators “subjectively” preferred establishment bias on stories about Rand Paul, CPAC, Mitt Romney and other topics considered conservative.
Moreover, curators would use an “injection tool” to promote stories that were not trending to boost visibility of particular issues and topics not “attaining critical mass on Facebook quickly enough.” Examples include the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris and the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.