Conservatives ‘Lost Trust’ in Facebook, Independent Report Finds

The Daily Signal | 8/20/2019 | Staff
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Facebook has a long way to go in reclaiming the trust of conservatives, according to an interim report on the social media giant’s liberal bias overseen by a former U.S. senator.

“Many conservatives lost trust in Facebook, believing it discriminated against them,” former Sen. John Kyl, R-Ariz., wrote in a Tuesday op-ed for The Wall Street Journal.

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The same day, Kyl released the results of the report, begun in May 2018 at Facebook’s request, looking at whether the social media giant has displayed political bias against conservatives.

Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs and communications, called Kyl’s report the “first stage of an ongoing process.”

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“This work is not an issue of personal political opinion. As at any large company, there is a diversity of political opinions at Facebook and plenty of people who would not describe themselves as conservatives,” Clegg said in a formal statement.

“My own long-held political views have been a subject of public record for years. But regardless of one’s own political views, this is about whether we apply our own policies fairly to all sides, and whether those policies begin with an understanding of how core groups of users express their beliefs.”

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News reports surfaced in May 2016 that Facebook routinely held back or suppressed news with a conservative perspective.

A former Facebook employee, who has remained anonymous, said it was common practice for the site to suppress news and information of particular interest to conservatives.

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“Depending on who was on shift, things would be blacklisted or trending,” the former news curator for Facebook said in a report published by Gizmodo. “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...
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