Aug 2016 (Volume 1, Number 16)All
When news broke that Facebook has a narrative bias was anyone really surprised? Oh they don't have a policy to suppress illiberal posts per se.
No, they're too smart for that. They hide behind the unconscious bias. They simply hire their curators from progressive communities knowing they will follow the hidden agenda naturally. It's brilliantly passive aggressive.
They get to say they have no such policy and still get the result as if they do. Given how much data Facebook collects on its users how could they not notice the fact that certain ideas are more promoted on their network while claiming so vocally their neutrality?
It's hard to say what's scarier, if it was conscious or unconscious bias. If its conscious, then we can apply market pressure. Simply not use Facebook, but if its unconscious bias then it might be present in all tech companies that run from similar places.
[There is another area of recurring interference and that's the algorithms themselves as evidenced recently when Wikileaks released the DNC emails that showed bias against Bernie Sanders during the Democrat Primary. For some time Facebook was blocking links to their documents. They claimed it was an algorithm glitch...again. Although once pressure is applied they change, it seems obvious to anyone watching live that they only change when it doesn't matter anymore. Hardly the brave, open market advertised.]