New York (Storch Report) — As a conservative columnist I have noticed that a Number of my postings on my website, the Storch Report, are not carried by Facebook lately even when I post the link to these stories directly to my account on the Facebook website.
I usually post columns and links to other news sources such as Twitter, a more news oriented site; however, Facebook has an arrangement whereby they automatically pick up these posts.
However, lately they are not appearing, especially if the story appears to have a conservative slant.
Today the obvious occurred. I posted my own headline over a link to the New York Times story on Donald Trump’s behavior with women, it read: New York Times Sexist Hit Piece On Trump, which it was. I was just calling it like I see it.
The Times headline read: How Donald Trump Behaved With Women In Private. It went on to say: Interviews Reveal Unwelcome Advances, Shrewd Reliance On Ambition, and Unsettling Work Place Conduct Over Decades. Whatever those vagaries of words mean.
I posted my headline on Twitter and Goggle and it was accepted and ran on both sites, it was not picked up by Facebook.
I then went to the Facebook site and posted my headline directly on my Facebook account four more times and it was apparently rejected because it was never posted.
This has occurred before with other stories that had a conservative slant.
My site is clearly identified as being “conservative, ” unlike that of the New York Times, ABC, CBS, CNN, or NBC being labeled progressively liberal.
This story was revealed by Gizmodo and former Facebook workers known as “news curators,” and it had to do with what is known as the “trending” news section of Facebook.
I see Facebook, other than that “trending” section which is apparently manipulated to the undisclosed liberal side of American politics apparently from which the Chairman, CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg hails from, as a family album of photos, columns and self-ego-congratulating success stories. It’s much like those annual Christmas letters that do much of the same thing.
The most personal items I have been known to post on any social media are photos of sunsets I have taken, for which I have received more likes than anything else I have posted which represents my political leanings.
I understand that, even though I feel a bit like the Rodney Dangerfield of social media.
You see as the media that disclosed this story, Facebook operates under the guise of social media but the section highlighting what’s trending operates like a traditional newsroom and is reflecting the biases of the Corporation and obviously is not a truth teller in what is trending, when they error by omission.
It imposes human editorial values onto the lists of topics, and the algorithm it spits out is by no means a bad thing — but it is in stark contrast to the company’s claims that the trending module simply lists “topics that have recently become popular on Facebook, ” when in fact it is omitting the conservative viewpoint that might be trending more than the liberal viewpoint.
It is but just another version of what the Obama administration was doing when the IRS was targeting, harassing and intimidating non-profit conservative groups.
I can do without Facebook, but as Goldie Hawn said in the film ‘Protocol’ I will be watching them “like a Hawk.”