Employees who worked as “curators” for Facebook’s trending topics section, which can bring significant attention to news stories, regularly didn’t include stories trending among political conservatives, according to a Monday report from Gizmodo.
A former employee told Gizmodo that when he or she would log on, they would see that topics popular with conservatives were not included on the list. The employee, a conservative, speculated that the person running the list “didn’t recognize the news topic” or was biased against a conservative figure involved.
The employee said that Lois Lerner, the IRS official who has been a target of Republicans for allegedly targeting conservative groups, the Drudge Report and Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.), who ran for president last year, were among the topics not included on the list.
The “Trending” section appears on the right side of Facebook’s home page, next to the News Feed. Gizmodo has reported in the past that the topics are selected by human curators based on a Facebook-generated of the stories being discussed and shared by users.