Transcript for Facebook Accused of Suppressing Conservative News
We move on to that backlash against Facebook. The site accused of keeping conservative news stories off its trending list and Facebook is responding and Rebecca Jarvis is here with the latest. Good morning, Rebecca. Good morning, George. This is that list of trending topics that you see on the right side of your news feed when you log in. It determines what a lot of Facebook users ultimately read on the social platform. A former Facebook employee now speaking out anonymously. Gizmodo claiming Facebook workers intentionally suppressed conservative news stories from that list keeping articles about topics and people like Mitt Romney and Glenn beck from the list. The former Facebook insider calling it, quote, absolutely biased saying we were doing it subjectively, George. Doing it subjectively but Facebook denies it, the executives. Facebook executives have come out. They have absolutely denied it, George. But there's another element because several former workers also say that they were explicitly instructed by managers to push certain stories into the trending section, for example, stories about black lives matter even if they weren't trending on Facebook, but, again, this morning Facebook is responding to the anonymous allegations saying, quote, they have found no evidence that they are true and that we do not insert stories artificially into trending topics and do not instruct our reviewers to do so, George. My guess is we have not heard the last. Rebecca, thanks very much.
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