The U.S. Senate Committee of Commerce has written a letter to Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg and asked him to appear in Washington, D.C. to brief the committee on allegations that the social network suppresses certain political content trending among its users.
The letter, signed by chairman and South Dakota Republican Sen. John Thune, follows a Monday report by Gizmodo quoting several former Facebook employees who alleged the company’s Trending Topics sidebar gives the news a liberal bent by “curating” certain topics over others.
“Have Facebook news curators in fact manipulated the content of the Trending Topics section, either by targeting news stories related to conservative views for exclusion or by injecting non-trending content?” the letter asks.
First reported by Gizmodo, the letter asks Zuckerberg to “arrange for your staff including employees responsible for trending topics to brief committee staff on this issue.”
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