Republican Leader Demands Facebook Explain News Bias Allegations

A top US Senate Republican demanded Tuesday that Facebook explain allegations that it suppressed conservative articles on users’ homepages as part of a political agenda. Senator John Thune, a party leader and chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over technology firms, sent a terse letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, asking him to explain accusations that he “misleads the public”. The social media juggernaut faces tough questions this week from conservatives following a series of stories in Gizmodo that its news “curators” injected stories into the trending articles section in the top-right corner of its home page. Gizmodo reported that Facebook news contractors were told to suppress content of interest to conservative readers. Facebook has denied that allegation and said it has guidelines to “ensure consistency and neutrality” in the topics it promotes.

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