We didn’t do anything wrong, but we’ll stop doing it.
That’s pretty much what Facebook said late Monday by changing the policies it insisted did not need to be changed in order to stop the suppression of news stories that appear favorable to conservatives in its Trending Topics section.
Based on the various stories I read, it sounded like the key here was the list of approved web sites.Editors were told that if they found something on a conservative site like this one, they had to affirm it on a “trustworthy” site like, er, the New York Times. So it’s not as if they were told, “Don’t post stories about Fast and Furious or the IRS scandal!” They were told to make sure the New York Times and other MSM sites were also covering them. And since we all know the MSM likes to ignore stories that are trending on conservative media, voila! De facto bias.
But if the Gizmodo story was accurate, Facebook editors were at least in some instances putting their fingers on the scales by promoting pro-left movements like Black Lives Matter. If they’re not doing “more training” to stop that, I suspect that probably means they’re changing earlier training that very much encouraged it.