Mark Zuckerberg Hosts Conservatives To Address Allegations Of Liberal Bias

In 2014, Facebook introduced Trending Topics, which appears to the right of the Facebook newsfeed. A team of trending topics staffers will review potential topics and confirm the topic is tied to a current news event. They will write a topic description that is corroborated by at least three of 1,000 news outlets, apply a category label to the topic and check to see if the topic is covered by most or all of 10 major media outlets.

Those outlets include: BBC News, CNN, Fox News, The Guardian, NBC News, The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Yahoo and Yahoo News. Yet, allegations have recently surfaced that Facebook employees deliberately suppressed conservative stories and views in its trending topics feature.

As a result, Facebook found Mark Zuckerberg held a meeting with conservatives. He also wrote on Facebook, "I know many conservatives don't trust that our platform surfaces content without a political bias. I wanted to hear their concerns personally and have an open conversation about how we can build trust. I want to do everything I can to make sure our teams uphold the integrity of our products."

According to New York Daily News columnist S. E. Cupp, who was in attendance, Facebook execs "were very clear to acknowledge that there is a problem and the problem is a serious one." Cupp added that the Facebook team said it would be "philosophically against both the mission of the company and Mark's personal mission."

The meeting was headed by Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, Vice President Joel Kaplan and board member Peter Thiel who mostly listened to the 17 Conservatives who attended. Others in attendance included: radio host Glenn Beck, American Enterprise Institute President Arthur Brooks, Tea Party Patriots CEO Jenny Beth Martin and Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Center. Bozell said the meeting was "very productive."

He added, "There has been a serious issue of trust within the conservative movement about this issue, but everyone in that room, on both sides, want to see it restored." Zuckerberg also wrote, "We've built Facebook to be a platform for all ideas. Our community's success depends on everyone feeling comfortable sharing anything they want. 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."

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