Senate Committee Asks Facebook to Respond to Allegations It Suppresses Conservative Views

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When Facebook first rolled out its "trending news" feature, the company assured the public that it used impartial algorithms to determine story rankings. But on Monday, the tech blog Gizmodo reported that Facebook's "news curators" were instructed to exclude conservative-oriented stories. Facebook denies the allegations. But the news has sparked outrage among conservative and liberal media outlets alike and prompted a Senate inquiry into Facebook's practices. We discuss how curated news shapes the stories that you see online.


Dawn Chmielewski, senior editor, Recode

Will Oremus, senior technology writer, Slate