‘The View': Whoopi Goldberg Wonders Why We Go to Facebook for News (Video)

Hosts weigh in on report that social network prevented conservative stories from trending

Whoopi Goldberg questioned why people are getting their news from Facebook during Tuesday’s episode of “The View.”

“I didn’t know people were going to Facebook for their news. … There are other places that I thought were places that folks were getting their news,” Goldberg said. “Because you know, I’m looking for something different from Facebook. I’m looking to see who’s running with who, who the baby daddy is. That’s what I’m looking for.”

Monday, former Facebook workers said that colleagues would prevent conservative topics and publications from appearing in the Trending Topics sidebar next to Facebook’s news feed. Drudge Report, Breitbart, Washington Examiner and Newsmax are among the conservative news organizations that the former employees claimed were flagged as suspect by Facebook curators. (Facebook has denied the claim.)

“My problem with Facebook is I thought it was the people on Facebook that chose what was trending,” Raven-Symone said. “I thought it was actually: I like it, I send it and the more people who send it get it trending. [But if they say that it’s trending already], and you send it, then they’re still picking the trend.”

Goldberg went on to say that she turns to outside sources when she is looking for hard news about world events.

“I go to the BBC,” she said. “I watch the news on BBC, because they don’t care about what’s going on here. They’ll say ‘This is great or this is terrible.’ They don’t care what country it is. They’re going to tell me what I want to know. So I’m looking for — when I’m looking for news, I’m looking for news.”