Accuracy in Media

Social media juggernaut Facebook, which came under fire last month after a report in the tech blog Gizmodo said that curators of the company’s “trending topics” feature “routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers,” announced that it will train employees to identify and check their political bias.

The announcement was made by Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg on Wednesday during an appearance at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C.

“We think a lot about diversity at Facebook,” Sandberg said. “And we have a managing-bias class that all of our leaders and a lot of our employees have taken that I was part of helping to create, and we’ve focused on racial bias, age bias, gender bias, national bias, and we’re going to add in a scenario now on political bias.”

“So that, as part of [how] we think about helping people understand different points of view and being open to different points of view, we’re dealing with political bias as well going forward.”

The move follows a meeting in May at Facebook headquarters of conservative leaders with Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg to address the political bias charges. Many of those conservative leaders left that meeting doubtful that the company would take any meaningful action.

“It is a political time and we’re proud of the role we play in elections, not just here but around the world,” Sandberg said. “We don’t have a point of view, we’re not trying to make you have a point of view.”

The reality is that the new class is not mandatory for Facebook employees, thus it will probably have a minimal effect, if any, on what political bias does exist at Facebook.





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Comments

  • Richard Hellstrom

    Mark Zuckerberg and the rest of the global social loonies want to act like they joined the EU ! Their ideas of fairy tails and dust inspire from watching millions of women and children get raped and the induction of violent crime through mass immigration destroy America as their lobby responds to ISIS with rainbows and kisses as their leadership calls for your guns ! They throw words around like diversity and hate and constantly hide behind the race card ( even though their rich white kids ) while spending every waking moment plotting the path of policing the media through political censorship and brainwashing your children ! What these corporations want is to be your government with out ever having to run for office ! Maybe we should appoint Mark as the new German Chancellor and head of the EU !!! What people like Mark should have to do is be honest ! What he wants is an all Democratic global membership that doesn’t have any opinions other than his own but at some point he’ll have to face reality and decide whether he is a social media or a political dictator !

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    ?Then, on May 31, the European Union announced a new online speech code to be enforced by four major tech companies, including Facebook and YouTube.The German Chancellor was not interested in the reinforcement of Europe’s external borders, the re-erection of its internal borders, the institution of a workable asylum vetting system and the repatriation of people who had lied to gain entry into Europe. Instead, Chancellor Merkel wanted to know how Facebook’s founder could help her restrict the free speech of Europeans, on Facebook and on other social media.

    http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/8234/eu-free-speech

  • Wiley Coyote Jr.

    Typical goofballs — yeah, let’s use nonsense sensitivity-style classes to replace the common sense removed by univeristy textbook/lecture lobotomies.