While the Washington Post is known as a liberal newspaper, many people were shocked this week to learn that Facebook, the social media giant, is also staunchly liberal.
Thanks to an expose by Gizmodo, Facebook’s internal operations involving trending news stories was revealed.
Former news “curators” reported that Facebook suppresses conservative news reports, while promoting stories involving radical leftists. This has a major influence on younger voters, who tend to learn about news stories from Facebook and other social media sites.
After this story broke, the founder and CEO of Facebook, Marc Zuckerberg, defended his website and refuted the allegations. In a personal post, Zuckerberg claimed that there was “no evidence that this report is true.” However, frequent Facebook users can most certainly attest that the report of liberal bias is unquestionably true.
The most compelling evidence is that the top executives of Facebook are liberals. Zuckerberg is an outspoken supporter of immigration reform and amnesty for illegal aliens. He almost certainly has a very negative view of Donald Trump’s call for a border wall with Mexico.
One of Zuckerberg’s top lieutenants is the company’s Chief Operating Officer, Sheryl Sandberg, who contributed $2,700 to Hillary Clinton in April. In aBloomberg interview, Sandberg noted that she was “very supportive of Hillary Clinton,” and would “like to see her as president.”
Ironically, the Facebook executive at the center of this news bias controversy is Tom Stocky, who manages the Trending Topics section of the site. Last October, Stocky and his wife donated $5,400 to Hillary Clinton.
Thus, the top company executives are either Democrat donors or activists. It certainly does not seem that Facebook is too neutral, in fact, it is a social media cheerleader for Hillary Clinton.
Previously, it was maintained by Facebook that the trending news stories were not manipulated in any manner and were organically ranked by user popularity. Now, if the whistle-blowers are being truthful, we know this to be false. In reality, Facebook editors use their “news judgment” to rank stories and the liberal bias has now been exposed.
This is important to discover so Americans can realize they are being maneuvered to the ideological left on Facebook. Undetected, the liberal bias can have a huge impact on the political direction of the nation since Facebook is used by more than half of our population, 167 million Americans.
The Facebook informers noted that some of the suppressed topics included the congressional investigation into Lois Lerner, the former IRS executive charged with unfairly targeting conservative groups for her agency’s scrutiny.
While conservative stories were being censored, stories involving liberal organizations and issues were being “injected” into the list of trending topics. One prominent example was the group Black Lives Matter.
The Facebook informant told Gizmodo that “Facebook got a lot of pressure about not having a trending topic for Black Lives Matter. They realized it was a problem, and they boosted it in the ordering. They gave it preference over other topics.”
The Facebook coverage is one explanation why Black Lives Matter received so much publicity and became so politically powerful. Not surprisingly, in February, Zuckerberg endorsed the controversial movement in a letter to Facebook colleagues.
It seems that the bias of Zuckerberg and his top executives was clearly expressed in the slanted manner that the trending topics were handled. Of course, they deny any ideological bias, but so does the Washington Post and we all know that is pure hogwash.
Henceforth, Americans should be under no illusions about Facebook or other social media sites. It should be assumed that all of them have a liberal bias unless it is proved otherwise.
While social media sites are new in some respects, in the important area of objectivity, they tend to project the same liberal bias as the old media. In rare occasions, true objectivity can be found in both the old and new media, but, sadly, not on Facebook.