Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook chief executive, said the group would probe allegations that the social network has excluded conservative news stories from its trending topics section.

Facebook has launched a “full investigation” into a claim made by a former news curator that employees were instructed to omit particular stories about Mitt Romney, Rand Paul and other rightwing topics in the sidebar designed to show what is popular on the site.

Mr Zuckerberg said he took the report “very seriously” but the company is yet to find any evidence that it was true. Writing in a Facebook post, he said he was inviting “leading conservatives” and “people from across the political spectrum” to talk with him and share their points of view.

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