Facebook executive Tom Stocky and his wife donated $5,400 to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
The Facebook executive who oversees the Trending Topics product for the social media giant is a big Hillary Clinton donor, public records show. Facebook is currently under fire for deliberately blacklisting and censoring conservative outlets and news topics. According to a former “news curator” tasked with managing the Trending Topics feed, Facebook’s deliberate blacklisting of legitimately trending topics “had a chilling effect on conservative news.”
Facebook claims it has “rigorous guidelines” to prevent political bias from corrupting its news aggregation service, but Tom Stocky, the Facebook executive in charge of the Trending Topics product, has a long history of progressive political activism. In October of 2015, for example, Stocky and his wife, a Google executive, donated $5,400 to the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics:
In 2012, Stocky approvingly posted print and video excerpts of President Barack Obama’s anti-gun speech following the Newtown shootings. Stocky liked a video posted on Facebook by Vox of Obama condemning people who wished to tighten U.S. border security in the wake of the terrorist attacks in France in which several terrorists posed as refugees to gain access to the country.
In one Facebook post following the Paris attacks, Stocky declared that the purpose of the attacks was not to murder large numbers of people, but to get people to react to them.
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