On Monday, Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg has confirmed that he had hosted a number of dinners with right-wing figures, as the social media platform stands accused of swallowing conservative voices.
Mark Zuckerberg held small, off-the-record dinners with reporters, commentators, and a Republican lawmaker to discuss free speech, partnerships, and other issues, said sources.
He said in a Facebook post that “there’s some press today discussing dinners I’ve had with conservative politicians, media and thinkers.”
Zuckerberg said, “Meeting new people and hearing from a wide range of viewpoints is part of learning. If you haven’t tried it, I suggest you do it!”
Sources said that guests at recent functions, held at the Facebook Chief Executives’ various homes in California, including radio talk host Hugh Hewitt, Fox News host Tucker Carlson, and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham.
The United States President Donald Trump has often complained that social media platforms differentiate against him and his supporters, without offering evidence of such claims.
Sources said the dinners started in July, were part of Mark Zuckerberg’s efforts to communicate with conservatives objected to the accusations from President Trump and his allies of bias.
Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms have been under immense pressure to reduce the spread of misinformation and false news.
However, social media platforms haven’t entertained politicians, including Donald Trump to scoop over their user rules, seeking to avoid revoke debate and to keep “newsworthy” content online.
Democratic Presidential hopeful Joe Biden has recently asked Facebook to take down “debunked” claims in an advertisement of President Trump, only to be rebuffed.