Mark Zuckerberg meets with conservatives to defend the liberal bias of Facebook

Chief Executive of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, met with powerful right wing conservatives May 18, 2016 to discuss their concerns of liberal bias on the part of Facebook.
By Harry Marcolis | Jun 13, 2016
Chief Executive of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, met with powerful right wing conservatives May 18, 2016 to discuss their concerns of liberal bias on the part of Facebook.

"Many conservatives don't trust that [Facebook] surfaces content without a political bias," acknowledged Zuckerberg, who held the meeting at the Facebook California headquarters on the fourth anniversary of the day Facebook became a public company and began issuingpublic offerings.

"Donald Trump has more fans on Facebook than any other presidential candidate. And Fox News drives more interactions on its Facebook page than any other news outlet in the world. It's not even close," noted Zuckerberg.

Facebook came under intense fire after a May 9, 2016 report from technology news site, Gizmodo, that cited an anonymous former Facebook employee as saying that conservative news and news sources were regularly demoted and liberal ones promoted in the "trending topics" section of the website.

"Silicon Valley has a reputation for being liberal. But the Facebook community includes more than 1.6 billion people of every background and ideology -- from liberal to conservative and everything in between," refuted Zuckerberg in a Facebook post.

"This afternoon I hosted more than a dozen leading conservatives to talk about how we can make sure Facebook continues to be a platform for all ideas across the political spectrum," statedZuckerberg after the meeting.

Zuckerberg promised that Facebook would continue to promote all ideologiesequally.

"It doesn't make sense for our mission or our business to suppress political content or prevent anyone from seeing what matters most to them," said Zuckerberg.

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