It is currently 10:45 PM ET. The news of Trudeau elbowing a female MP has resulted in #Elbowgate to trend on Twitter for awhile now. Facebook, however, includes no mention of the incident. Is this the latest example of Facebook influencing the news and advancing its left-wing agenda by suppressing anti-Liberal stories?
Anyone who has been following the reports of Facebook suppressing Conservative websites and news knows that Facebook's trending section has been at the center of the discussion.
It was revealed earlier this month by former trending section moderators that they were responsible for choosing what was 'trending', unlike Twitter, where hashtags are prominent.
Moderators were also “told to select articles from a list of preferred media outlets that included sites like the New York Times, Time, Variety, and other traditional outlets. They would regularly avoid sites like World Star Hip Hop, The Blaze, and Breitbart, but were never explicitly told to suppress those outlets.”
“Depending on who was on shift, things would be blacklisted or trending,” One former trending news curator revealed to Gizmodo. “I’d come on shift and I’d discover that CPAC or Mitt Romney or Glenn Beck or popular conservative topics wouldn’t be trending because either the curator didn’t recognize the news topic or it was like they had a bias against Ted Cruz.”
The source even revealed a list stories they felt were “deep sixed” and thereby preventing from 'trending' on Facebook.
“Among the deep-sixed or suppressed topics on the list: former IRS official Lois Lerner, who was accused by Republicans of inappropriately scrutinizing conservative groups; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker; popular conservative news aggregator the Drudge Report; Chris Kyle, the former Navy SEAL who was murdered in 2013; and former Fox News contributor Steven Crowder,” Gizmodo reported.
The former curator even added, “I believe it had a chilling effect on conservative news.”
A story like Trudeau elbowing female NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau and manhandling Opposition whip Gord Brown deserves front-page treatment.
Hell, the story was even picked up by American news outlets. But for some reason, Facebook will not list it.
Oh, but Trudeau is 'trending'... “Canadian Prime Minister apologizes for 1914 Komagata Maru incident”.
Whoever runs Facebook's trending section for Canada is either not doing their job, or sticking with the company's anti-Conservative bias and thereby doing their job perfectly.
Either way, yet again, Facebook shows its true colours.
UPDATE 2:22 AM
Facebook has finally included the story in its trending section after our story was posted.
It has the info blurb of "Canadian Prime Minister Apologizes for Physical Contact With Parliament Members".
The downplaying is typical of the left-leaning social media site. It's almost as bad as "Justin Trudeau rubs elbows with NDP MP, chats up a storm with Thomas Mulcair".
The fact that this story took so long to get added to its trending section, and only appeared so late at night when its bound to get little traction is telling.