Yes, it's theoretically possible that Facebook is engaged in a concerted effort to suppress conservative viewpoints.
Or, maybe it's possible that any bias Facebook has against conservatives is accidental and relatively benign.
Erickson says Facebook invited him to its "Mark Zuckerberg Meets Conservatives Summit" but that he can't make it. But he says Facebook has been helpful to his new site, providing significant traffic; beyond that, he says, "Facebook has been far more open and fair to conservatives than Twitter, which seems increasingly hostile toward conservatives."
Erickson's bigger point is that any bias Facebook has against conservatives is likely to be accidental and a result of hiring "news editors who help shape the trending topics who are New Yorkers or millennial liberals."
That kind of bias "is often subconscious due to upbringing, world view or location," he writes.
At this point, left-leaning readers may note that Erickson is describing what is often described as "unconscious bias" — a term often used by those promoting diversity initiatives that conservatives sometimes scorn as "political correctness."
But back to Facebook! Erickson says he really doesn't have a beef with them. "I think given Facebook’s willingness to reach out and talk that they are showing they are open to all sides."
This article originally appeared on Recode.net.