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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has told a group of conservative leaders and commentators how his site struggles to reach their supporters.
The billionaire businessman met them behind closed doors for a wide-ranging discussion in the wake of the recent Facebook trending scandal.
He refused to directly respond to allegations that Facebook employees deliberately suppressed conservative stories an views on its new trending topics feature.
But he sought to reassure them after the meeting by writing 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.’
Facebook execs were ‘were very clear to acknowledge that there is a problem and the problem is a serious one’, according to New York Daily News columnist S. E. Cupp, who was in attendance.
Cupp told of how Zuckerberg, Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, Vice President Joel Kaplan and board member Peter Thiel mostly listened to the 17 conservatives who attended.
They told the conservative leaders how difficult it would be for Facebook to inject political bias into what stories appeared on the trending section, as well as individual users’ news feeds.
The Facebook team also said any such tampering would be ‘philosophically against both the mission of the company and Mark’s personal mission’, Cupp added.
Rob Bluey, editor in chief of the Daily Signal website, told Fox News that he believed the Facebook team’s explanations.
He said: ‘They certainly acknowledged that there was a problem with getting the message out to conservatives.’
Facebook spokesman Andy Stone confirmed that was the tenor of the meeting.
Among others in attendance, according to Facebook, was 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.
Zuckerberg invited the dozen or so conservatives after a report in Gizmodo claimed that Facebook downplays conservative news subjects on its trending feature.