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Can't find any leftist bias, says Facebook, but we'll reform anyway

However, company admits that individual editors may exert anti-right slant in news choices

The company said an internal probe showed no evidence of political bias in the selection of news stories for Trending Topics, a feature that is separate from the main "news feed" where most Facebook users get their news.

Facebook Inc <FB.O> said on Monday that it had changed some of the procedures for its "Trending Topics" section after a news report alleging it suppressed conservative news prompted a U.S. Congressional demand for more transparency. 

The company said an internal probe showed no evidence of political bias in the selection of news stories for Trending Topics, a feature that is separate from the main "news feed" where most Facebook users get their news. 

But the world's largest social network said in a blogpost that it was introducing several changes, including elimination of a top-ten list of approved websites, more training and clearer guidelines to help human editors avoid ideological or political bias, and more robust review procedures. 

Earlier this month, a former Facebook contractor had accused the company's editors of deliberately suppressing conservative news. The allegations were reported by technology news website Gizmodo, which did not identify the ex-contractor. 

The report led Republican Sen. John Thune to write a letter demanding that the company explain how it selects news articles for its Trending Topics list. 

This article continues at [Charisma News] Facebook Admits Possibility of 'Unintentional Bias' Against Conservatives and Vows to Make Changes

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