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The New York Times | 05.11.16

Facebook’s Bias Is Built-In, and Bears Watching

Robyn Caplan

D&S research analyst Robyn Caplan was quoted in this NYT piece criticizing Facebook’s approach to curating trending news.

“Algorithms equal editors,” said Robyn Caplan, a research analyst at Data & Society, a research group that studies digital communications systems. “With Facebook, humans are never not involved. Humans are in every step of the process — in terms of what we’re clicking on, who’s shifting the algorithms behind the scenes, what kind of user testing is being done, and the initial training data provided by humans.”

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