Allegations that Facebook “suppressed” conservative news, first reported by Gizmodo, quickly snowballed into broader charges that Facebook “censors” viewpoints its employees doesn’t like.
Facebook is the first access point to the internet for hundreds of millions if not a billion people around the world. And for millennials in the U.S., it is their primary source for political news. Some have suggested that the site could actually tilt the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Hence Facebook takes these allegations and the damage they’ve done to Facebook’s image among conservatives seriously.
Users will never be able to control the “Trending” section of the site, which Facebook insists is handled objectively as possible through curators (and, apparently, a lot of help from Google). But you do have some control over your news feed, which is generated by Facebook’s algorithm “Edgerank.” There are things you can do to influence your feed in hopes of seeing a diverse flow of information that doesn’t simply confirm your biases. Here are 5:
5. Teach Facebook what you like.
When you see something you like, click on it, comment on it, interact with it. Facebook exists to keep you in Facebook and will reward your clicks with similar content. And if you get a post you don’t like, you can tell Facebook by clicking on that subtle little down arrow, which will show you this:
Yes, you’re sort of “censoring” your feed. But at least it’s you doing it.
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