Cruz Grills Zuckerberg on Censorship, Conservative Viewpoints

U. S. Senator Ted Jones, a Republican from Texas, peppered Facebook Inc. CEO Mark Zuckerberg with questions about the social network’ s approach to political speech upon its platform, asking specifically regarding concerns that pages associated with conventional viewpoints had been shut down.

 

Senator Ted Cruz, right, queries Mark Zuckerberg,   on  Apr 10.  
Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

" A few great many Americans who I think are usually deeply concerned that Facebook as well as other tech companies are engaged in a pervasive pattern of bias and politics censorship, " Cruz said in a joint hearing of two United states senate committees in Washington on Wednesday. He referred to reports in 2016 that Facebook suppressed news through conservative sources in its " well-known stories" column.

Cruz asked Zuckerberg whether Facebook was engaged in politics speech, citing examples of conservative-leaning web pages he said had been shut down, like Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day and articles from a Fox News reporter. This individual also asked about the political leanings of Facebook employees and whether or not he had ever fired anyone for political views.

Zuckerberg answered which he understood where the concern was originating from, because Silicon Valley is " an extremely left-leaning place, " yet said it’ s his company’ s job to make sure Facebook doesn’ t have any bias within the work it does.

" What I can say is I’ m very committed to making sure Fb is a platform for all ideas, " Zuckerberg said. " That is a extremely important founding principle of what I perform. "

The TOP DOG also said that Facebook was accountable for the content on its platform, the shift from the usual approach on most technology companies, which generally sustain that individuals or organizations that submit, create, solicit or pay for articles online should be the ones responsible.