Facebook users can now learn how the social media website labels them politically by following a few simple steps.
As recently noted by New York Times writer Jeremy B. Merrill, “You may think you are discreet about your political views. But Facebook, the world’s largest social media network, has come up with its own determination of your political leanings.”
While logged into your Facebook account, preferably on a desktop computer, head over to facebook.com/ad/preferences and locate the “Interests” section.
Next, find the “Lifestyle and Culture” link – which may be under the “More” tab on the far right – and locate the box that says “US Politics.” If you can not find it, click the “See more” button at the bottom of the category boxes until it appears.
— Mikael Thalen (@MikaelThalen) August 25, 2016
There you will find whether Facebook, based on your activity, friends and likes, believes you are a conservative, liberal or moderate.
Many Facebook users may be interested to know how the social media website views them given recent controversies surrounding the treatment of certain political groups.
Last May former contractors for the site claimed that conservative news sites and trending topics were blacklisted from the Facebook’s trending news section.
Former Facebook product manager Antonio Garcia Martínez also stated last July that “Facebook could throw an election by showing reminders to go vote in certain districts but not others,” raising serious questions on what certain political groups may be kept from seeing on their feeds.