Facebook's trending news section, which was accused of censoring conservative news, was managed by a staff full of liberal employees. The social media company has fired the 15-18 employees who worked on trending news, in an attempt to replace any possibility of bias with an algorithm. Gizmodo reported in May that Facebook "news curators" buried conservative stories. This caused Republican South Dakota Sen. John Thune to send a letter to Facebook inquiring about its trending news section. "Any attempt by a neutral and inclusive social media platform to censor or manipulate political discussion is an abuse of trust and inconsistent with the values of an open Internet," Thune wrote. Facebook denied the charges in Gizmodo's article and claimed to have a staff with diverse opinions. "Diversity in all its forms — including ideological — is one of our core values, and we believe that adding voices to the conversation creates a richer and more vibrant community," Facebook's general counsel wrote in a letter to Thune . Research into the Facebook trending team provided to The Daily Caller by the investigative group Wesearchr shows little diversity on the news curation team. The team instead included employees that have bashed Trump, supported… Read full this story
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