White House Says Facebook Statement 'Makes Pretty Clear' They Didn't Censor Conservative News (Well, that's settled then.)
Gawker Media website Gizmodo recently published a news article exposing the way Facebook handles news content on their site, and as TruthRevolt noted when the news first broke, it seems that the social media giant is quashing conservative media in favor of liberal media.
Facebook naturally issued a denial, which read, in part:
There are rigorous guidelines in place for the review team to ensure consistency and neutrality. These guidelines do not permit the suppression of political perspectives. Nor do they permit the prioritization of one viewpoint over another or one news outlet over another. These guidelines do not prohibit any news outlet from appearing in Trending Topics.
In other words, not a denial that any bias actually took place, only that Facebook's rigorous guidelines theoretically do not permit it.
That was enough for Press Secretary Josh Earnest, who was forced to comment on it at today's press briefing because the story was sufficiently newsworthy to prompt a question about it. Earnest basically said the matter was put to rest by the denial:
Obviously we were pleased to see the statement from Facebook, you know, making pretty clear that this was not something that they engaged in.
So the White House doesn't think there's anything funny going on here or that the openly Progressive Facebook mogul Mark Zuckerberg might be treating conservatives unfairly and steering the site's content leftward. Wow, that's a totally new position for them to take, huh? Reassuring too. We're relieved to know that social media bias, like news media bias, doesn't exist.