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Facebook political bias review tries to understand why conservatives don’t trust it

Facebook on Tuesday released an interim report of a review into potential political bias at the company. The review came after Republican lawmakers accused the social media company of being biased against conservatives.

The review, called the Covington Interim Report, was led by former Sen. Jon Kyl, a Republican from Arizona, and his law firm Covington & Burling LLP. As part of the review, the group interviewed conservative groups, individuals and lawmakers who either use, study or could potentially regulate Facebook. They found that interviewees were concerned there was a bias against their viewpoints resulting in disproportionate enforcement from the social media company.

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Kyl presented his preliminary findings to Facebook in August 2018, and the social network has implemented changes in response. This included the creation of an Oversight board made up of different ideological and religious views to hear appeals regarding content removed; more transparency with its news-feed rankings, pages and ads; and the hiring of more staff to work with organizations to deal with questions and complaints about content decisions.  […]

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