2, June 2016
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg will extend an olive branch to several high profile conservative figures in US politics on Wednesday. The site has been accused of tampering with its Trending Topics feature, promoting “progressive” views and websites over content presenting views from the American right.
Mr Zuckerberg has denied the reports – which first appeared on tech news site Gizmodo – were accurate, though the site did concede that the feature was controlled by human editors rather than a popularity algorithm.Facebook confirmed a guest list of six people for the meeting. It is understood that several others declined Mr Zuckerberg’s offer.
Matthew Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union, wrote in a statement: “We will not be attending this meeting. We know one meeting cannot possibly resolve all of the above mentioned issues.”