Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has said the company is investigating claims it censored news reports with conservative viewpoints.
It follows a week of allegations in the media and discussion in the U.S. Senate.
In a Facebook post, Zuckerberg said, “Facebook stands for giving everyone a voice. We believe the world is better when people from different backgrounds and with different ideas all have the power to share their thoughts and experiences. That’s what makes social media unique. We are one global community where anyone can share anything — from a loving photo of a mother and her baby to intellectual analysis of political events.”
He touted the guidelines and policies of the company as not only free from bias, but also one that allows for free thoughts to contend and be expressed.
“To serve our diverse community, we are committed to building a platform for all ideas. Trending Topics is designed to surface the most newsworthy and popular conversations on Facebook. We have rigorous guidelines that do not permit the prioritization of one viewpoint over another or the suppression of political perspectives,” Zuckerberg declared.
He noted that 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.”
Zuckerberg further said, “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.”
“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. 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,” Zuckerberg added.
He said the reason he cared this issue is because it goes to the very heart of everything Facebook stands for and want it to become.
“Every tool we build is designed to give more people a voice and bring our global community together. For as long as I’m leading this company this will always be our mission,” he concluded.
Nigel Belle, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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