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A former curator of Facebook’s trending news section has revealed that the company purposely suppresses content from blacklisted outlets including Breitbart News, despite Breitbart remaining in the top 25 most engaged publications on the social network for 6 months in a row.

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[…]

Facebook is politically biased and since they avoid World Star Hip Hop, I am sure that there are those who levy allegations of racism against the Progressive entity.

On a personal note, I do not engage with Facebook’s “trending news ” box located near the upper right hand corner of the Facebook page and for good reason, the news is crap.

For example, below is a copy of last night’s (Tuesday, May 3) FB’s “trending news” box that is full of gossip and pure trash minus the Indiana primary.  Everything else is Facebook’s contribution to the dumbing down of America.

Facebook trending may 3 evening 2016

“The Biggest Loser?”  “James Bond?”  I mean let us be serious, Facebook.  A mind is a terrible thing to waste and that is the reason that I downloaded F.B. Purity, which Facebook loathes, to my browser.

At least with F.B. Purity, one can customize one’s FB page and timeline which clashes with FB’s algorithms and set up.

That being said, FB sucks and Zuckerberg is a creep.

 

 

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