Barry Bennett, a senior political adviser to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, will be attending a meeting of prominent conservatives at Facebook headquarters this week.
A senior adviser to Donald Trump will attend a meeting with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday with prominent conservative leaders in response to a recent report of Facebook’s handling of conservative news stories, a campaign official said today.
The meeting, scheduled to take place at Facebook headquarters, was convened by Zuckerberg in response to these allegations.
Trump senior adviser Barry Bennett told ABC News that he will be representing the presumptive Republican presidential nominee at Wednesday’s meeting.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is convening the meeting in response to recent allegations of anti-conservative bias at the company.
Bennett is the first campaign aide known to be participating. A Facebook spokesman confirmed his attendance on Monday morning.
Bennett was previously Ben Carson’s campaign manager.
Former Senator Jim DeMint, the president of the Heritage Foundation, will also be there, a DeMint aide said.
In a Facebook post last week, Zuckerberg said the company is investigating the anonymous allegations — first reported by Gizmodo — that former workers suppressed conservative news stories in Facebook’s “trending” stories section.
Zuckerberg said the company has found no evidence the allegations are true. But the company recognizes it has a perception problem at the very least.
“I want to have a direct conversation about what Facebook stands for and how we can be sure our platform stays as open as possible,” he wrote.
“I’m going in with an open mind and an eagerness to learn more,” Cupp said. “Conservatives and Silicon Valley actually come down on the same side of many issues and share some common concerns. I’m sure we’ll find plenty to talk about, and I’m honored to have been included.”
Wednesday’s meeting is said to be the first of several such conversations — signaling that Facebook is well aware of the risk to its reputation that comes from the whiff of bias.
Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post last week that the company was conducting a “full investigation” into the allegations that former Facebook workers had excluded news stories with conservative viewpoints to appear on the “Trending News” section, first reported by the Tech website, Gizmodo.
“Trending Topics is designed to surface the most newsworthy and popular conversations to Facebook. We have rigorous guidelines that do not permit the prioritization of one viewpoint over another or the suppression of political perspectives,” Zuckerberg said in a statement on Facebook last week. “This week, there was a report suggesting that Facebook contractors working on Trending Topics suppressed stories with conservatives viewpoints. We take this report very seriously and are conducting a full investigation to ensure our teams upheld the integrity of this product.”
Other attendees for the meeting include: The Blaze’s Glenn Beck, Fox’s Dana Perino, Arthur Brooks of the American Enterprise Institute, CNN conservative commentator SE Cupp, and Zac Moffatt, co-founder of tech firm Targeted Victory. Moffatt was previously Mitt Romney’s digital director.