In response to criticism Facebook has suppressed conservative websites, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced he will meet with Glenn Beck and former Bush press secretary Dana Perino. Beck, who is struggling with a failing media empire, announced the meeting on Sunday morning. Perino works for Fox News.
On May 9, Infowars reported on a Gizmodo story revealing Facebook routinely ignores conservative news stories in favor of news from the establishment media.
“Every once in awhile a Red State or conservative news source would have a story. But we would have to go and find the same story from a more neutral outlet that wasn’t as biased,” a former curator told Gizmodo.
Liberals responded to the story by saying blocking Drudge and other alternative news websites is a good idea:
The good news about Facebook taking everything over is it would kill Drudge https://t.co/353SsLdgfp
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) May 11, 2016
Last week Zuckerberg denied Facebook blocks news from the likes of Breitbart, the Drudge Report, and Infowars. He said his company initiated an investigation and found the accusation was not true. “We 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,” he explained in a post dated May 12.
“In the coming weeks, I’ll also 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,” he added.
Fox News and Breitbart are apparently part of that “political spectrum,” but, so far, not Drudge, or Infowars. On May 13, Breitbart said that although they were contacted by Facebook, they refused to participate, stating they have “zero interest in a Facebook photo-op… We do not want, nor do we need, Facebook’s corporate ‘validation’… we do not need Facebook’s condescension.”
Breitbart mentioned that Facebook’s Trending News chief, Tom Stocky, is a maximum political donor to Hillary Clinton. Instead of a meeting at Facebook, the news website suggested an interview with Zuckerberg. Breitbart also demanded Facebook “immediately cease its active suppression of conservative media, as extensively reported by Gizmodo, The Guardian, and myriad other news outlets.”