Facebook defends itself against accusations of manipulating the presentation of the news




Facebook company published a set of documents containing instructions editorial staff followed by the company in determining the topics that should appear to its users more than 1.6 billion’s, under the Department of trending topics trending topics within the site.

The release of Facebook for these documents to defend itself exhibition against the charges faced by the company about the manipulation of the list of trending topics in favor of showing certain political orientations Donna for others.

The site Gizmodo has published a report which quoted a former employee of Facebook as saying that the company keep track of editorial policy does not allow showing some news on the list, particularly related news Bmagayn and conservative politicians such as Mitt Romney, the former Republican candidate for the US presidency. The report added that the curators of the news the company has received instructions to remove and hide everything related to political means of the conservative media, in favor of other more traditional media outlets more like the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal.

Facebook has denied the news before the selected users according to advance specific political trends, show the document consisting of 28 pages that the selection of blockbuster news is collaboration between computational algorithms and a team of editors. The company said in a blog post published Thursday, that the editorial guidelines show the existence of a set of verification balanced points and that will help determine the most important articles, regardless of its ideological. Facebook confirmed that it does not allow for discrimination against any Mahrien news source based on political orientation.

The documents show that the software algorithms responsible for identifying articles blockbuster According repeat posted on the home pages for a group of major media, including CNN and Fox News and the New York Times. However, these topics that have been selected programmatically, then move to a team of editors who have to show users whether or not an option, but the company says it does not allow its editors to act only within the professional and impartial controls, as they did not record it says there was no case has it editors political bias in the selection of news presented.


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