A browser add-on that uses Facebook data, created for Facebook’s Global Hackathon Finals 2016, lists Breitbart News, InfoWars, James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas, Red State, Glenn Beck’s The Blaze, and much more as “fake news.”
The add-on, called PolitEcho, was created by a team of Princeton students and is designed to let you visualize the political views of all the people on your Facebook friends list. The code is open-source and available on GitHub here.
The add-on apparently has a database of “real” and “fake” news, and has classified a number of prominent conservative sites, including Breitbart, The Blaze, and Project Veritas, as “fake.”
It is unclear whether or not this list reflects the Facebook engineering team’s consensus. The panel of Facebook employees evaluating PolitEcho did not ask questions about its highly questionable “fake news” database.
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Facebook has faced questions about its neutrality before as its founders donated millions to Hillary Clinton, it put a far-left anti-Trumper in charge of its voter registration drive and privacy program, and had a biased left-wing trending news team, that was fired after the GotNews & WeSearchr teams exposed them.
Facebook’s history of censoring conservatives is not quite as bad as failing social media company Twitter’s is, but that could change.
Stay tuned for more.
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