Looks Like Facebook’s Meeting With Conservatives Went Well

"We hope other social platforms follow their lead," says Alex Skatell.

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The word after yesterday’s meeting between Facebook and a group of Conservative media figures and politicians is that it was a great move for clearing the air.

And there was a lot of air that needed to be cleared after a piece in Gizmodo last week in which a former Facebook employee told the publication that Facebook “curators” were being directed to keep right-leaning stories out of the trending news section. The piece, and resulting controversy, led Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to invite the group to a meeting at Facebook HQ with Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg.

Independent Journal Review founder and CEO Alex Skatell was among the group of 16, and he had positive things to say about the 90-minute sit-down. “We had a good meeting with Facebook,” he tells FishbowlDC. “I think everyone on all sides of the table listened and learned from shared ideas, and we’re going to continue working to serve our audience. We hope other social platforms follow their lead.”

In a post written after the meeting, Zuckerberg reiterated his commitment to making Facebook a “platform for all ideas:”

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.

Still, I know many conservatives don’t trust that our platform surfaces content without a political bias. 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.