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Politico: Facebook Contacted GOP Leaders After Reports of Political Bias

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By    |   Monday, 16 May 2016 10:51 PM

Facebook reportedly contacted Republican leaders in recent days as it tries to recover from reports that it displayed a bias toward conservative news organizations.

The social media giant will meet with right-leaning media members and other conservatives on Wednesday in its Menlo Park, Calif. headquarters in an effort to persuade conservatives it holds no political bias — an especially important fact given this year's presidential election.

Politico reports Facebook contacted the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and the National Republican Congressional Committee after reports surfaced that the company routinely showed bias toward news websites popular with conservatives by not including them in its "Trending Topics" box.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Joel Kaplan, a former aide to President George W. Bush and Facebook's global public policy director, will try to convince those attending Wednesday's meeting it will not hold a left-leaning bias moving forward.

One reason for Facebook and conservatives to patch things up is that presidential candidates are expected to spend somewhere around $1 billion or more during the general election campaign, and some of that money will be spent on Facebook — a win-win situation, given the fact that Facebook has more than 1.5 billion active users across the globe.

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