>> And details. And they deserve->> Mark Zuckerberg, personally stepping into Facebook's so-called trendgate. The founder and CEO saying he sees no evidence that news stories with a conservative slant were blocked on the site's trending list. But, he says, there will be a full investigation into claims that they were.
Zuckerberg says he plans to invite leading conservatives and people from across the political spectrum to weigh-in on how Facebook can stay as open as possible. An ex-employee made the claims this week and they report by tech news site Gizmodo also claiming that certain stories were planted in the trending list.
Facebook responded with an outline of how its human curators and algorithms guide news, again denying bias. News stories on the social network help drive traffic to news sites. It's got a lot of news organizations concerned about the site's role as a media gatekeeper. A US Senate inquiry has even been launched asking how the trending topics feature works.
Republican Senator John Thune said if the accusations are true, it would be an abuse of trust. Gizmodo's editor-in-chief stands by the story, responding the Facebook saying, quote, I don't see anything that contradicts our reporting, do you?