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Is Facebook trying to downplay Trump and influence US Presidential Elections?

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:51 IST

Facebook, according to media reports, has promised that it will not try to influence the way people vote. The social media network said that it will not tweak algorithms to influence voting in the US presidential elections this November.

A report by Gizmodo shares questions submitted during the company's internal Q&A for employees with CEO Zuckerberg.

The report carried a screenshot of an internal poll where employees were purportedly deciding questions to ask Zuckerberg at a meeting in March.

One of the questions submitted was, "What responsibility does Facebook have to help prevent President Trump in 2017?"

It was speculated that Facebook may downplay stories and news related to Donald Trump in its News Feed, thereby hampering his campaign.

"I hear fearful voices calling for building walls and distancing people they label as 'others," Zuckerberg said, never referring to Trump by name. "I hear them calling for blocking free expression, for slowing immigration, for reducing trade, and in some cases, even for cutting access to the internet."

A Facebook spokesperson told Business Insider, "Voting is a core value of democracy and we believe that supporting civic participation is an important contribution we can make to the community. We encourage any and all candidates, groups, and voters to use our platform to share their views on the election and debate the issues."

He added that as a company, Facebook is neutral, has not, and will not use the product in a way that may influence how people vote.

First published: 18 April 2016, 12:55 IST