Not only does conservative political commentator Glenn Beck see no evidence of a top-down conspiracy to suppress conservative news on Facebook; in a post Thursday, the former Fox News host wrote that he thinks Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook are handling the controversy almost perfectly.
"Walking out of the meeting, I was convinced that Facebook is behaving appropriately and trying to do the right thing. They were humble, open, and listened intently to everyone in the room," wrote Beck, who said he has 3.2 million followers on the social network. "Mark Zuckerberg really impressed me with his manner, his ability to manage the room, his thoughtfulness, his directness, and what seemed to be his earnest desire to 'connect the world'."
Beck, along with 15 other conservatives, attended a meeting Wednesday with the Facebook CEO and others at the company about trust issues between Republican and conservative users and the social media platform. The meeting was called after a former Facebook news curator told Gizmodo that Facebook regularly suppressed conservative news in its trending topics tab.
"In a country that is deeply divided, the largest and most important company in human interaction and content consumption saw the conservative movement in an uproar over ONE person, making ONE accusation, against ONE of their products. One story and the pitchforks came out. Now that's something we conservatives are accustomed to, but not so much for those on the left," wrote Beck.
He said he was disturbed by requests other conservatives in the room made of the network. He described the requests as being similar to the types of solutions liberal activists propose when they perceive discrimination is occurring.
"It was like affirmative action for conservatives. When did conservatives start demanding quotas AND diversity training AND less people from Ivy League Colleges," he wrote. "What happened to us? When did we become them? When did we become the people who demand the Oscars add black actors based on race?"
Zuckerberg said yesterday in a post to Facebook, "The reality is, conservatives and Republicans have always been an important part of Facebook. Donald Trump has more fans on Facebook than any other presidential candidate. And Fox News drives more interactions on its Facebook page than any other news outlet in the world. It's not even close."
The CEO is known for trying to build rapport with both conservatives and liberals in his political endeavors, especially in his efforts to push forward immigration reform.