We’ve been talking to you this week about how Facebook has been (ALLEGEDLY) suppressing conservative news and views in its feed (see Steven Crowder Officially Files Legal Motion Against Facebook Requesting Information and Former Facebook Employees SPECIFICALLY NAME ‘Steven Crowder’ As Blacklisted News Site). Well, their executive who oversees trending topics has officially responded…
One problem with that. Actually, there are a few problems, but the big one is the $5400 he and his wife donated to Hillary Clinton…
Facebook claims it has “rigorous guidelines” to prevent political bias from corrupting its news aggregation service, but Tom Stocky, the Facebook executive in charge of the Trending Topics product, has a long history of progressive political activism. In October of 2015, for example, Stocky and his wife, a Google executive, donated $5,400 to the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics.
In 2012, Stocky approvingly posted print and video excerpts of President Barack Obama’s anti-gun speech following the Newtown shootings. Stocky liked a video posted on the site by Vox of Obama condemning people who wished to tighten U.S. border security in the wake of the terrorist attacks in France in which several terrorists posed as refugees to gain access to the country.
So claiming to be completely unbiased, while acting as a massive donor to the notoriously anti-free speech candidates… Can you see how maybe, just maybe…
This is not even to mention the fact that Mark Zuckerberg was caught eluding to censorship on a live mic to Angela Merkel (read “Caught on Live Mic, Zuckerberg Says Facebook Will Delete Negative Posts” here).
Okay, it’s obviously no secret that this week I’ve filed a legal petition for release of information from Facebook. Now, that motion has nothing to do with “censorship,” and everything to do with a financial issue Facebook has repeatedly refused to resolve behind the scenes. Could the two be linked? Who can possibly know? That’s the whole point.
Facebook has the right to delete and suppress whomever they want. But if they are swearing up and down (as they are currently), that their news is algorithmically based, that there is no selective bias at play in order to gain user/advertiser trust, and that proves to be NOT true. Well, then they have a real problem.
I’ve openly defended Facebook’s right to “censor” whatever they want! But if Facebook keeps claiming that they don’t… Facebook, you’re going to paint yourselves into a really tight corner. Please stop, you’re making it worse.
Stay tuned for more.
As far as the macro, listen, there is only one side of the political spectrum in 2016 attempting to systematically suppress voices of dissent. Wanna guess who? I’ll give you a hint… watch this video of students on campus.