Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a panel discussion held as part of the China Development Forum in Beijing on March 19. | AP Photo
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to meet with influential conservatives to discuss concerns about the alleged suppression of right-leaning stories on the social media website.
“In the coming weeks, I’ll also be inviting leading conservatives and people from across the political spectrum to talk with me about this and share their points of view,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post on Thursday night.
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“I want to have a direct conversation about what Facebook stands for and how we can be sure our platform stays as open as possible.”
The Internet mogul’s post also addressed claims in a Gizmodo report that Facebook’s “Trending Topics” section, which is curated by human editors, routinely discriminates against conservative news outlets.
“This week, there was a report suggesting that Facebook contractors working on Trending Topics suppressed stories with conservative viewpoints. We take this report very seriously and are conducting a full investigation to ensure our teams upheld the integrity of this product,” he wrote.
Zuckerberg continued that the company found “no evidence” that the report was true and vowed to correct errors if they arise.
On Tuesday, Sen. John Thune, who chairs the Senate commerce committee, demanded that Facebook answer to the allegations in the Gizmodo report.
In a letter to Zuckerberg, Thune asked Facebook to explain how the social network manages the Trending Topics section and how it “investigates claims of politically motivated manipulation.”