The world’s most popular social media network is coming under fire again this week, this time for a data breach that sowed the seeds of distrust among its users.
Facebook has a long history of missteps. The social media goliath has long acquiesced to the liberal leanings of its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, employing a number of “censors” on staff in order to cull conservative viewpoints form the site’s “Trending Topics” section. The idea was simple: Adjust Facebook’s algorithm to bury any news coming from conservative sources in order to promote the leftist counter-argument instead. This effectively turned Facebook into a propaganda wing for the globalists and American democrats, and was openly admitted to by a number of the company’s employees.
Facebook, now arguably the most important distributor of news online, has cultivated the idea that its bar is an impartial algorithm that responds to “likes” and gives users only what they’ve indicated they want.
But in a bombshell confession on the tech blog Gizmodo, a former editor says popular conservative news would be kept off the “trending news” sidebar.
“I’d come on shift and I’d discover that CPAC [Conservative Political Action Conference] or Mitt Romney or Glenn Beck or popular conservative topics wouldn’t be trending because either the curator didn’t recognize the news topic or it was like they had a bias against Ted Cruz,” the former news curator told Gizmodo.
The news started a firestorm in conservative media circles. The Drudge Report ran the piece in its top slot with a picture of Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg and the headline: “Not Leaning In … Leaning Left!” a reference to her bestselling book, Lean In.
Now, the media magnate has bigger problems, after an incredibly complex data breach has demonstrated just how easy it is for political operators to gather data from the site. In the wake of that ridiculous revelation, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been forced to poke his turtle-like cranium out from the cozy confines of his hooded sweatshirt disguise in order to address the concerns.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has admitted that the social network “made mistakes” that led to millions of Facebook users having their data exploited by a political consultancy.
Cambridge Analytica is accused of improperly using the data on behalf of political clients.
In a statement, Mr Zuckerberg said a “breach of trust” had occurred.
In a later interview with CNN he said he was “really sorry”, and pledged to take action against “rogue apps”.
He added that he was “happy” to testify before Congress “if it’s the right thing to do”.
In his statement posted on Facebook, he promised to make it far harder for apps to “harvest” user information.
“We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you,” Mr Zuckerberg said.
This half-hearted apology seems to be a day late and a buck short for the woefully inept Zuckerberg and his leftist media empire, whose stocks took a walloping this week after news of the “breach” spread.
OOF. It may be time for Zuckerberg to start rethinking his hardcore, bleeding heart hullaballoo and get back to giving everyone a voice.