Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said the social network was “conducting a full investigation to ensure our teams upheld the integrity” of the Trending News product.
He was responding to media coverage, as well as a letter from US Senator John Thune, the South Dakota Republican who heads the Commerce Committee, requesting information on who at the company made the decisions on stories that appear in the trending feature.
In a post on his Facebook page, Zuckerberg said so far they 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, Zuckerberg said he will 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.”
“The reason I care so much about this is that it gets to the core of everything Facebook is and everything I want it to be. 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 said 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.
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.”