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Fury, denial after claims of Facebook political slant

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>> Facebook in damage control mode Tuesday, denying a damning report by Gizmodo in which a former Facebook staffer claimed the team behind the Trending Topics list routinely suppressed stories with politically conservative themes. Facebook's head of Trending Topics posting a lengthy rebuttal Monday night, saying there is no evidence that the anonymous accusations are true.
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And that rigorous guidelines are in place to ensure neutrality among stories, which he says are selected by an algorithm. Reuters' social media reporter Amy Tennery is following the story.>> So essentially there's an algorithm that determines the top trending topics on Facebook and then a group of people review those topics and make sure they’re relevant to what's actually trending in the larger world
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>> A Facebook spokesperson told me that after an initial review, they found zero evidence of any kind of suppression of conservative news topics in their trending feed.>> But the rancor had already spread across the conservative and media landscape. The Drudge Report running a photo of Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg with the headline, Not Leaning In, Leaning Left.
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Journalist Glenn Greenwald Tweeting, this is a key reminder of the dangers of Silicon Valley controlling content. And a Columbia Journalism School professor tossing out this food for thought in a Tweet, algorithms are never neutral. Ever. With Facebook providing one of the countries most read news streams, the debate may rage on despite the company's denial.
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And despite the fact that Mark Zuckerberg did once hold a fundraiser for New Jersey's Republican Governor, Chris Christie, back in 2013.