Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to meet with a group of conservative media figures tomorrow after a report in tech blog Gizmodo reported that the social media juggernaut’s Trending Topics section routinely suppressed conservative news.
The group will include Glenn Beck, CNN’s S.E. Cupp, Fox News’ Dana Perino, Mitt Romney’s former digital director Zac Moffat, Donald Trump adviser Barry Bennett and GOP pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson, plus a few others.
Notably absent—besides anyone from Accuracy in Media—will be American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp, who declined the invitation and blasted Facebook for its bias.
Schlapp issued a press release in which he listed six reasons that he wouldn’t be attending the Facebook confab:
1) Facebook staff has admitted to suppressing content about CPAC.
2) Facebook rejected ACU’s overtures for Facebook to play a meaningful role at CPAC.
3) The deck is stacked: CPAC content egregiously underperforms on Facebook compared to Twitter and other platforms, by factors of 10.
4) The Facebook Trending News Chief, Tom Stocky, is a maxed-out donor to Hillary Clinton.
5) Of the 1,000 political donations from Facebook employees, 80% have gone to liberals.
6) Facebook holds liberal positions on important issues such as privacy, property and priests.
On the other hand, Cupp told CNN that she is going to the meeting with an open mind.
“Conservatives and Silicon Valley actually come down on the same side of many issues and share some common concerns. I’m sure we’ll find plenty to talk about, and I’m honored to have been included,” Cupp said.
Zuckerberg addressed the issue in a Facebook post last Thursday:
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.
We have found no evidence that this report is true. If we find anything against our principles, you have my commitment that we will take additional steps to address it.
I don’t expect much to come out of this meeting, as it only includes a few conservative social media influencers and looks like more of a public relations ploy than a genuine effort to reach out to the conservative movement.
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