The Guardian has posted the leaked Facebook memo that appears to confirms that the social media platform has an editorial team influencing news topics.
It's claimed that Facebook has a small editorial team that blacklists stories, relies heavily on content from ten international news sources, and has strict guidelines on personalities.
Bias is a fact of life, present in ever media. We shouldn't be surprised by this news. Read widely, and view all media through a sceptical lens.
Leaked documents show how Facebook, now the biggest news distributor on the planet, relies on old-fashioned news values on top of its algorithms to determine what the hottest stories will be for the 1 billion people who visit the social network every day. The documents, given to the Guardian, come amid growing concerns over how Facebook decides what is news for its users. This week the company was accused of an editorial bias against conservative news organizations, prompting calls for a congressional inquiry from the US Senate commerce committee chair, John Thune.