The censorship storm that erupted at Facebook last week showed again how central the social network is to our lives. An investigation by tech news website Gizmodo revealed that conservative stories were suppressed in the “trending” news section, even though they were “organically trending among the site’s users”.Facebook hired journalists, which it called “news curators”, to manage this key section of its site and “routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers”, Gizmodo reported. Other, frankly trivial but entertainment-related stories were “artificially” added to the list of “trending” topics.The uproar on social media — and in the real media, which now count Facebook as the largest referrer of links to their stories — was more than the usual storm-in-a-teacup about how Facebook manipulates its algorithms when determining what to show its users.It brings to mind the famous quote that is always invoked during debates about censorship: “I disapprove of what y...

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