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Facebook Addresses Content Bias Accusations

Posted on Monday, May 30, 2016 at 9:15 PM

In the news: Facebook revamps its Trending Topics feature amid claims that curators are culling conservative-leaning content.

Earlier this month, Facebook landed in the hot seat when Gizmodo published an explosive report alleging Facebook staffers were deliberately culling conservative news items from its Trending Topics. The social media giant conducted an internal investigation and reportedly found no evidence of such political bias, but it has revamped the feature all the same in hopes of minimizing the risk.

According to Deepa Seetharaman of WSJ.com, "[Facebook] curators who assemble and approve topics will no longer rely on external websites and news outlets to assess the importance of potential topics." Instead, Facebook will focus solely on site data and metrics to assess which topics are trending on a given day.

Read the WSJ.com article here and the original Gizmodo report here.

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