Facebook Chairman and founder, Mark Zuckerberg, has been confronted by Senator Ted Cruz over the apparent censorship by Facebook of right-wing pages and articles on the site.
Ted Cruz, a Republican Senator, slammed the Facebook boss for their apparent censorship.
“Does Facebook consider itself a neutral public forum?” Cruz asked Zuckerberg.
“Senator, we consider ourselves to be a platform for ideas,” Zuckerberg replied.
Cruz then launched a barrage of questions and examples towards the Facebook boss:
“A “Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day” page that was banned in 2012, around the time that a number of Americans were protesting the fast-food chain after its chief operating officer made comments against same-sex marriage.
Palmer Luckey, the virtual reality prodigy who parted ways with Facebooks after it was reported that he backed a pro-Trump conservative group that trafficked in anti-Hillary Clinton content.
Diamond and Silk, the outspoken Trump fangirls who were reportedly told by Facebook this month that their “content and brand” were “unsafe to the community.”
“There are a great many Americans who I would say are deeply concerned that Facebook and other tech companies are engaged in a pervasive pattern of bias and political censorship,” Cruz said.
Zuckerberg admitted that Facebook was located in “an extremely left-leaning place,” but denied Cruz’s insinuation that the bias had infiltrated the machinations of Facebook.
Mr Zuckerberg also admitted that he did not know the political orientation of support staff who work for Facebook and monitor reported posts.
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