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Report: Facebook's Trending News Staff Loaded With Liberals

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Wednesday, 31 Aug 2016 03:45 PM

Facebook, which came under fire in May for blacklisting stories of interest to conservatives in its trending news section, has a far less politically diverse staff than it claimed, according to the Daily Caller.

The Daily Caller, citing research provided by the investigative group Wesearchr, shows the social media platform is loaded with liberals.

The finding counters a claim by Facebook's general counsel in a letter written May 23 to GOP South Dakota Sen. John Thune, chairman of the Commerce Committee, which was looking into charges of anti-conservative bias in the selection of stories for the trending news section.

"Diversity in all its forms — including ideological — is one of our core values, and we believe that adding voices to the conversation creates a richer and more vibrant community," Facebook lawyer Colin Stretch wrote.

The Daily Caller reports the social media company fired from 15-18 staffers in the wake of Gizmodo's report that "news curators" buried conservative stories.

According to the Daily Caller, the news curator team allegedly included staffers who've bashed Donald Trump, supported Black Lives Matter and said "hateful actions, contrary to popular thought, are not protected by 'free speech.'"

The Daily Caller charges the rants include a blog post by one managing editor who wrote in January 2007 that "the Bush Administration is the most dangerously inept group of politicians in the history of this country," and another who retweeted a post saying, "Violence and murder designed to incite fear and affect political change will never be called terrorism if you’re white."

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Facebook, which came under fire in May for blacklisting stories of interest to conservatives in its trending news section, has a far less politically diverse staff than it claimed, according to the Daily Caller.
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