GOP's Investigating Why Facebook Isn't Being More Fairly Biased

Submitted by: lalapancakes 1 year ago in News & Politics

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Heyo! It’s the latest GOP hissy fit. This time they’re wasting taxpayer funds into trying to bully, oh wait - excuse me… “investigate why” Facebook doesn’t run more right wing propaganda campaigns… shit - sorry I mean news stories on the righthand side of your screen.

Senator John Thune (R-SD) would clearly rather taxpayer money be spent investigating why Facebook's news dissemination isn't being redirected for his party’s benefit instead of relying on an algorithm that’s arbitrarily tailored for us, individually.

The Reporter’s Committee takes issue with Thune’s inquiry saying, “Once Congress intrudes into the protected zone of free speech and free press at the world’s largest social media company, it encourages the use of similar pressure by governments around the globe to investigate ‘bias’ and promote ‘transparency.’ As U.S. news organizations have reporters on the ground in many jurisdictions hostile to legal protections for journalism, and as U.S. technology companies are increasingly exposed overseas on issues ranging from digital security to the right to be forgotten, this is no time to disregard the First Amendment at home.”

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There are 12 comments:
Male 5,024
So some site I have never heard of quotes an unnamed source and I am supposed to believe that? But, let's say they are speaking the truth. If Facebook actually did block trending articles from partisan sites like Breitbart and The Blaze, good for them. No one needs to have that crap presented as fact, If that is the case then Facebook would also be blocking trending articles from partisan liberal sites like The Nation. If I ran a site that had a news feed I certainly wouldn't allow articles from sensation liberal or conservative sources to be shown as actual news. All that crap does is muddy the truth with lies and spin.
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Male 5,024
This is just another example of how out of touch congress is with modern technology. The trending articles are geared towards the person who is seeing them same as the ads. Facebook's algorithms learn what a person likes and does not like. There is no partisan leaning. How would that earn Facebook the most money it can? What actually happens is the more someone Likes something or clicks on "Hide Posts" the more the things they disagree on are hidden from them. This creates a bubble for themselves where they only see article and posts that they agree on. You can't learn if you live in a bubble. That's why I hide all political posts on Facebook.
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Male 4,099
@MarkusT123: You're mistaken, it has nothing to do with the algorithm. Facebook’s has a team of curators who write headlines and summaries of each topic, and include links to news sites. Some former curators spoke to Gizmodo and said that that facebook was actively suppressing conservative news. Not all the curators agree but one of them that did gave Gizmodo a record of the censorship. If a news story from a source like the Wall Street Journal, Breitbart, Washington Examiner, or Newsmax was picked up by the algorithm as trending the curators would excluded them unless they could find the story printed by sites like the New York Times, the BBC, or CNN. Yet they were allowed to inject stories from sites like New York Times, the BBC, or CNN even if it wasn’t naturally trending. Stories like the Black Live Matter Stories were artificially injected and raised to higher rankings, and stories about the sniper Chris Kyle or facebook itself were either excluded entirely or submitted from a more ideologically supportive source. Here is a link.
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Male 20,917
I always laugh when I hear someone like this political bitch and moan about Facebook for editorial reasons. It's a private site -- they get to call the shots. All they have to answer to is their shareholders and board members -- as long as the money's coming in, they'll do whatever they want.
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Male 8,557
And, by "algorithm", you mean Zuckerberg's hand-picked liberal workers who actively suppress that would make conservatives look good and actively prop-up anything that makes liberals look good? Yes, they've admitted to it. But, as they are a private company, that is for the users to bitch about, not for wasting taxpayer money on.
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Male 4,153
I've never been on Facebook but from what I understand they had a listing of what was trending on FB that was really more like what they wished was trending on FB.
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Male 3,447
Facebook doesn't have to promote "right wing propaganda campaigns"...that is what Fox News if for. Waste of time and money.
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Male 4,099
Despite the obvious political partisanship of this post and despite that Facebook's own workers admit that they routinely suppress any pro-conservative news, Facebook is a private company and can do as it wishes in this respect. Yet can someone tell me how much money this costed the taxpayer? From the links given all I find is that he sent a letter and made some comments while at a speaking engagement. If he is just using his position and making statements to direct the media to a story, then I really don't have a problem with it. He has freedom of speech too. Even Josh Earnest said it was fine to ask for a better explanation from facebook.
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Male 1,744
“The Republican Senate refuses to hold hearings on Judge Garland, refuses to fund the President’s request for Zika aid and takes the most days off of any Senate since 1956, but thinks Facebook hearings are a matter of urgent national interest," Adam Jentleson, a top aide to Reid, said in a statement. “The taxpayers who pay Republican senators’ salaries probably want their money back.” The letter wasn't sent just from John Thune, it was sent from the US Senate Commerce Committee, and will be analyzed by the US Senate Commerce Committee in its capacity to regulate communication within the United States borders. It all depends upon how much further John Thune presses this, and how many taxpayer resources will be committed by the Commerce Committee to analyze FB's response.
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Male 4,099
So basically this cost nothing and is just the left and the right whining at each other.
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Progressives are the ones with the power. They are the majority. How can the 'tea turds' bully anyone?
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Male 7,941
The extremist tea turds don't know the difference between fact and fiction. I wouldn't approve any story about for example the IRS "targetting" conservative groups. or Benghazi was a cover up. Sorry those aren't factually true. They aren't news. Reality has a Liberal bias and all.
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