Thursday, June 23, 2016

Facebook to Offer ‘Political Bias’ Training Following Accusations the Company Shows Political Favoritism

Facebook currents provides employees with several “bias” training courses and, following accusations that the company exhibits partisanship, they’re adding “political bias” to the list.
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and co-creator of the company’s “managing bias” courses, announced the latest addition during an address at the American Enterprise Institute Wednesday, according to The Daily Signal. Other training modules focus on racial, age, gender and national biases.

The tech leader also made clear that Facebook is not interested in becoming a media company, but instead is committed to maintaining its existence as a technology organization.
“We’re not trying to hire journalists and we’re not trying to write news,” she said.
The announcement of the new training option comes a little more than one month after a former Facebook worker opened up about his time at the California-based organization, claiming it frequently suppressed news stories important to conservative readers. Following the revelation, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg hosted a forum with several leading conservatives, including Blaze founder Glenn Beck.
“As we think about helping people understand different points of view and being open to different points of view,” Sandberg said Wednesday, “we’re dealing with political bias as well going forward.”
AEI President Arthur Brooks, who attended Zuckerberg’s meeting with conservatives last month, said the development was both “interesting” and “encouraging.”

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