If you’ve ever spent time trolling around in conservative groups looking for numbskulls to toy with, you’re probably familiar with the common conspiracy theory that social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter are unfair to conservative pages. They say they are censored; that they have more content removed. They also say they are penalized and thrown off of Facebook far more often than their liberal counterparts.
Most of that, as it turns out, is just a bunch of crap. Facebook doesn’t have some conservative algorithm that seeks out the name Glenn Beck and removes anything associated with it, though what a glorious app that would be. There is no conspiracy to have the conservative voice silenced. As it turns out, there’s more of those idiots than there are liberals on social media, though it takes an internet equivalent of 3,461 conservative dimwits to equal the brain of a single liberal.
That being said, a lack of bias programmed into the platform doesn’t mean there isn’t bias at the company itself. To work at Facebook, you fit into a couple of key categories that are going to keep you from being a Republican: Young and intelligent. Gizmodo is running a story about how former employees of Facebook regularly saw conservative topics trashed or skipped when it came time to push the button on what’s trending. Keeping a story from Mr. Conservative off of the political trending ticker isn’t anything near the same as what Facebook has been accused of, including deleting entire pages and all of the accounts associated with it because they support conservatives.
Still, it’s interesting to consider that the conservative movement can be adversely affected when IQ points begin to matter. According to Gizmodo, a former curator under an agreement of strict anonymity said that while working as a curator on the trending section, he regularly witnessed human intervention to stifle conservative interests:
Depending on who was on shift, things would be blacklisted or trending. I’d come on shift and I’d discover that CPAC or Mitt Romney or Glenn Beck or popular conservative topics wouldn’t be trending because either the curator didn’t recognize the news topic or it was like they had a bias against Ted Cruz.
That curator, one of the only conservatives on the team, no longer works for Facebook, but he’s very concerned that conservative ideals aren’t being spread because people disagree.
Maybe he should consider that he falls into the category of, “Who the hell are you and why do I care?” People disagree. Obviously, a vast majority where you work whose job it is to weed out the bullshit. Their task is to inform people the best that they can. Spreading another rumor or telling another lie isn’t going to get the best results on social media, where the truth is but a click away.
Conservative garbage, therefore, is more likely lost because of the fact that it is garbage more than anything else. Sure, they post offensive pictures of Obama being lynched, thinking it’s funny somehow. They call it bias when something that says “Death to Islam” is removed from their page. They don’t mention that it’s a violation of the platform’s terms of service, that it is indecent to post publicly where human beings converge and that it’s vile in every way imaginable. Only that their 1st Amendment rights have been violated. That in and of itself shows the ignorance.
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