company has come under fire after an unnamed former Facebook
employee told technology news website Gizmodo that workers often
omitted conservative political stories from the company's
"trending" list of topics that it says spiked in popularity.
The accusation sparked an outcry on social media and prompted a
U.S. Senate inquiry into Facebook's practices.
Facebook has "found no evidence that this report is true,"
Zuckerberg said in a statement posted late Thursday on his
Facebook page, but added that the company would continue to
"If we find anything against our principles, you have my
commitment that we will take additional steps to address it,"
The Facebook chief added that he planned to invite "leading
conservatives" to share their points of view.
The allegations against Facebook prompted the company to reveal
more about how it selects and displays news to its users.
In a post published on Facebook's media relations section on
Thursday, a senior company official outlined its "Trending
Topics" guidelines at length.
"Facebook does not allow or advise our reviewers to discriminate
against sources of any political origin, period," wrote Justin
Osofsky, vice president for global operations.
Facebook had over 1 billion daily active users, on average, in
March, the company posted to its newsroom.
(Reporting by Amy Tennery; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)
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