Facebook on Monday denied any evidence of ‘systematic political bias’ in the selection or prominence of stories included in its Trending Topics feature, but promised changes in its processes in any case to minimize errors of judgment by individuals, who appear to play an important role in selecting the stories.

The move by the social networking company was outlined in a response to a letter from Senator John Thune, chairman of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, in the wake of a report in tech blog Gizmodo that cited anonymous sources as saying that Facebook was holding back stories with conservatives views from Trending Topics and instead injecting stories that weren’t as popular. The company decided to investigate the matter internally.

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Facebook denies bias in Trending Topics, but promises changes nevertheless