Facebook has long been accused of suppressing conservatives and right-leaning news outlets on its platform.
But the social media giant was called out over the weekend for what appears to be just the latest technique the platform is using to suppress and censor non-progressive, anti-liberal viewpoints.
In an exclusive story, the Daily Caller News Foundation obtained and reported on several hundred new text messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok and bureau lawyer Lisa Page. The text messages were turned over to Congress late Thursday and the DCNF reported on them Friday morning.
However, much of the DCNF's readership was unable to access the story after the news organization shared it on the Daily Caller's Facebook page. That's because Facebook labeled the story "spam" and severely limited its circulation.
Facebook went so far as to prevent users, and the outlet, from sharing the story, urging them to post something else.
"Our security systems have detected that a lot of people are posting the same content, which could mean that it’s spam," a Facebook message reportedly said. "Please try a different post."
Facebook is keeping users from sharing this @DailyCaller link with the full Strzok-Page texts. Here's what I got wh… https://t.co/aCdSTJbjwj— Peter J. Hasson (@Peter J. Hasson) 1524862531.0
What did Facebook say?
A Facebook spokesperson confirmed to the DCNF that its story "triggered one of our automated spam signals – likely because of the high activity that is mentioned in that alert." Facebook assured the news outlet it would correct the error.
The Facebook spokesperson said several news outlets have been affected by its news feed algorithm triggering a "false positive," preventing the outlets from posting stories because the algorithm deemed them "spam."
Who else has the algorithm affected?
However, it appears the "false positives" are only affecting conservative news outlets and non-liberals.
Ben Shapiro, editor-in-chief at The Daily Wire, told Politico the algorithm change has affected his site's traffic.
"It’s clearly made an impact on us; it’s clearly made an impact on every conservative site," he said.
Dan Bongino, a popular right-wing commentator, also had his content suppressed over the weekend.
An analysis by Western Journal, another conservative outlet affected by Facebook's changes, shows Facebook's algorithm change has only affected conservative and right-leaning outlets, save for a few left-leaning organizations.