But if news is a piece of informational clothing and reacting to news is part of a personal display on a site running an algorithm, what does it mean when we notice how few Wikipedia articles about Africa are geo-tagged from Africa and how few languages from Africa are represented on Wikipedia? When’s the last time you heard bits of Akan or Bambara described on the evening news? What does it mean when these items aren’t part of an algorithm or a personal display?
Which brings us to the point Sandvig, Karahalios, and Langbort walked up to the edge of: how do you conduct an algorithm audit of a news feed? How do you do ‘editorial pentesting’ during a war? And what does all this mean when looking at the unfolding war between Israel, Hamas, and the people of Gaza stuck in the middle?
— To Share News Of A War, The Latest, On Facebook.