Zuckerberg seeks to build trust after meeting with conservatives

Facebook CEO reiterates commitment to keep the social network open to all ideas after meeting over Trending Topics allegations.

James Martin/CNET

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he hopes to "build trust" after a Wednesday meeting with more than a dozen conservative leaders over allegations the social network suppressed stories from conservative news outlets.

The meeting, which was held at Facebook's Menlo Park, California, headquarters, was scheduled to last an hour but ran long by 15 minutes at Zuckerberg's insistence, according to a CNN report. Zuckerberg called the meeting after tech site Gizmodo reported that stories from conservative news outlets were deliberately suppressed from Facebook's Trending Topics feature by "news curators."

Saying that "conservatives and Republicans have always been an important part of Facebook," Zuckerberg reiterated his commitment to keeping the platform open to all ideas.

"I know many conservatives don't trust that our platform surfaces content without a political bias," he wrote on Facebook. "I wanted to hear their concerns personally and have an open conversation about how we can build trust. I want to do everything I can to make sure our teams uphold the integrity of our products."

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