In July of 2015, The Federalist reported that Facebook blocked individual posts that mentioned the Center for Medical Progress’ revelations about Planned Parenthood’s illegal trafficking of aborted baby parts:
It appears, however, that social media giant Facebook is not a fan of the viral spread of the story. According to Russell Moore, a top official with the Southern Baptist Convention, Facebook is preventing his organization from sharing the story via Facebook.
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Blogger Joe Newby, whose book about Facebook’s liberal bias is scheduled to be published next fall, has been writing about the Facebook censoring of conservatives since 2013 at his site Conservative Firing Line. Amongst the censorship incidents he has reported are:
- Facebook took down the popular 2 Million Bikers to DC page over an benign comment that the number of bikers who attended the million Muslim march was much less than the “official” count.
- An article discussing a petition on the White House “We the People” site which called for an end to censorship of speech dealing with Islam, was blocked and labeled as “unsafe” by Facebook (see picture above).
- In March, Facebook told administrators of Wake Up America! that it removed a picture of the Obamas wearing a Che Guevara t-shirt (see below), claiming that it violated their “community standards.”
According to Facebook, it has over 1.6 billion active users, representing 21% of the 7.4 billion people in the world. That volume gives the social site incredible influence over world opinion. Sadly, instead of offering users a fair account of the news, it seems they are censoring both the news feed and the individual page posts to skew opinion to a liberal point of view.
UPDATE: Gizmodo updated their story to explain another process Facebook uses slant the news, its called injection.
Basically it involves putting stories into the feed for top news stories despite the fact the readers haven’t made it a top story. Sometimes it’s important stores such as the Charlie Hebdo attack, but sometimes they do it to ensure liberal stories like, Black Lives Matter, reach the top of their news.
Several former curators described using something called an “injection tool” to push topics into the trending module that weren’t organically being shared or discussed enough to warrant inclusion—putting the headlines in front of thousands of readers rather than allowing stories to surface on their own. In some cases, after a topic was injected, it actually became the number one trending news topic on Facebook.
(…)“Facebook got a lot of pressure about not having a trending topic for Black Lives Matter.”
In other instances, curators would inject a story—even if it wasn’t being widely discussed on Facebook—because it was deemed important for making the network look like a place where people talked about hard news. “People stopped caring about Syria,” one former curator said. “[And] if it wasn’t trending on Facebook, it would make Facebook look bad.” That same curator said the Black Lives Matter movement was also injected into Facebook’s trending news module. “Facebook got a lot of pressure about not having a trending topic for Black Lives Matter,” the individual said. “They realized it was a problem, and they boosted it in the ordering. They gave it preference over other topics. When we injected it, everyone started saying, ‘Yeah, now I’m seeing it as number one’.” This particular injection is especially noteworthy because the #BlackLivesMatter movement originated on Facebook, and the ensuing media coverage of the movement often noted its powerful social media presence.
Stuart Varney of Fox News also covered the Gizmodo story which is featured in the video below.