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Facebook: Censorship of DNC Emails Leak 'an Accident'

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By    |   Monday, 25 Jul 2016 03:12 PM

Facebook claims its censorship of posts regarding Wikileaks' Democratic National Committee emails leak was unintentional and says "it's been fixed," Mediaite reports.

Released last Friday, the database posted on Wikileaks contains 19,252 emails from top DNC officials. As Facebook users attempted to post links to the database, they received an error message.

Wikileaks responded with a series of tweets on Twitter accusing the social networking site of censorship.

A response came a short while later, first from a Twitter user called "SwiftOnSecurity" and then from Facebook Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos.



Some former Facebook staffers have said they kept news stories from conservative sources out of the site's "trending news" section. Gizmodo reported in May that an anonymous source who claimed that some "news curators," as they were called, suppressed articles about Mitt Romney, Rand Paul, and the Conservative Political Action Conference, even though users were posting about the topics.

"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," the source, a politically conservative former curator, told Gizmodo.

Another unnamed former curator confirmed the disparity.

"It was absolutely bias. We were doing it subjectively. It just depends on who the curator is and what time of day it is," the former curator said. "Every once in awhile a Red State or conservative news source would have a story. But we would have to go and find the same story from a more neutral outlet that wasn't as biased."

Facebook officials denied censoring news from a conservative viewpoint

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