- Douglas Rushkoff: Disgruntled former Facebook employee alleges that trending stories biased against conservatives
- He says make no mistake: platforms are only biased against low traffic; trends play to humans' yen for novelty
Douglas Rushkoff writes a regular column for CNN.com. He is a media theorist, the author of the book "Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus" and professor of media studies at CUNY/Queens. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
(CNN)Facebook's PR department has been busy defending itself against allegations from an anonymous, disgruntled employee that editors of the company's "trending stories" list were biased against conservative viewpoints. The story -- itself a trending topic today -- may say less about the failings of biased human intervention, however, than the need for more of it.