The following is an excerpt from SHANIKA GUNARATNA | May 18, 2016 | CBSNews.com |
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met with prominent conservatives Wednesday in an effort to smooth over the company's strained relationship with the right. The private meeting comes one week after a report on the technology website Gizmodo alleged bias in the way the company curates news.
Zuckerberg invited more than a dozen conservative leaders to the meeting, which took place at Facebook's Menlo Park headquarters.
In a Facebook post following the meeting, he said he brought the group together "to talk about how we can make sure Facebook continues to be a platform for all ideas across the political spectrum."
He noted that the social network has more than 1.6 billion users "of every background and ideology -- from liberal to conservative and everything in between.... It doesn't make sense for our mission or our business to suppress political content or prevent anyone from seeing what matters most to them."
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