Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) CEO Mark Zuckerberg To Address Bias Controversy
Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB)CEO Mark Zuckerberg will meet conservative leaders in the media this week where he will clear the air on claims of political bias on the company’s social network.
The billionaire CEO will hold discussions with 12 conservative leaders, and they will hold a meeting on Wednesday according to a spokesperson from the company. Some of the conservative leaders that will be present include Zac Moffatt, the co-founder of a technology transparency firm known as Targeted Victory, Dana Perino of “The Five” which airs on the Fox News Channel and Glenn Beck, who is a well-known media personality.
Facebook under criticism for political bias
The social media firm came under a lot of criticism a week ago after one of its employees told Gizmodo that its employees often avoid some conservative political stories in the “trending topics” section. Zuckerberg claims that there was no evidence that the claims were true. He, however, stated that the firm is carrying out investigations on the subject. A US Senate committee has also been launched to probe into the Facebook bias claims. Former Fox News host Beck posted on Facebook saying that he was eager to attend the meeting with Zuckerberg to see how the Facebook CEO would get the company off the hook.
Beck stated that Facebook is a private business, and he supports its right to operate in any way they prefer without interference from the government. He also added that it would be interesting to see a media tool like the Facebook platform independently hold its ground on freedom of association and freedom of speech as a corporate principle.
Facebook revealed its “trending topics” policy to the media on Friday where it stated that it does not allow or encourage reviewers to be biased towards sources. The claims follow the company’s move to provide more news coverage to its massive user base. Most people who use the company’s social network claim that they get their news updates from Facebook.