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Facebook Can’t Escape Bias, No Matter What It Says
By: Contently
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I took my first journalism class freshman year of high school, back in 2004. Before students could write for the school paper, which came out in print once a month and didn’t exist online, they had to learn about the principles of reporting, then pass a test on the information. I passed on the first try, but more than a decade later, I’ve forgotten most of what we had to study.

The day we learned about bias, however, has stuck with me.

Reading clips from The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, the teacher illustrated how a seemingly innocuous word could reveal a value judgment or political slant. His point was that bias exists everywhere. Even in hard news, there’s no such thing as absolute objectivity.

Two weeks ago, Facebook reminded me of that lesson when it updated its Trending feature and fired the editorial team of third-party contractors who worked on Trending.

The update and layoffs came a few months after the social network dealt with heavy criticism for allegedly omitting politically conservative news from its Trending section. Although, in the company’s press announcement, Facebook made a note that it “looked into these claims and found no evidence of systematic bias.”


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This article was first published by Contently.com. A link to the original can be found at the bottom of the post. www.contently.com
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