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Facebook staff members challenge ‘intolerant’ liberal culture

Dozens of Facebook employees, the challenge of the social media giant’s ‘intolerant’ liberal culture by the formation of a group that advocates for political diversity. The workers say they are fed up with the way co-workers who do not toe the liberal line to be treated.

Some conservatives are digging Facebook and many do not rely on the social media platform, under the entry of perceived political censorship and the fears of the liberal bias, according to a new study.

The Media Research Center last week released the results of a survey that aimed to measure “self-described’ conservatives ‘attitude’ to tech giants such as Facebook. Some of the most striking findings: 32 percent of conservatives have either left Facebook or getting off the platform. A whopping 66 percent said that they do not trust Facebook to treat its users equally, regardless of political belief.

The research also revealed that 65 percent of the conservatives believe Facebook and other tech giants, such as Twitter and YouTube, are “purposely censor conservatives and conservative ideas.”

Almost 70 percent of the participants said that they have lost trust in Facebook over the past year alone.

MRC President Brent Bozell issued a statement after the guard dog of the group with the publication of its findings. “These figures are devastating for every CEO responsible for addressing the problems of its customers,” Bozell said.

Bozell noted that 7 percent of conservatives have already left Facebook, while 25 percent are considering doing so, resulting in “tens of millions of lost users.

“To make matters worse, two-thirds of conservative Facebook users trust Facebook less than a year ago,” he said. “These trends have set off alarm bells at the Facebook headquarters.”

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg.

(Associated Press)

He added: “The question on Facebook and other social media, companies should ask themselves is this: do you want to be seen as an open platform for all political beliefs, or would you rather be considered a left-wing public interest group that censorship free speech around the world?”

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg company has, of late, accused of helping to spread false news and hatred, and infringements on the privacy of the user.

Back in 2016 Zuckerberg hosted prominent conservatives at the registered office of the company amid allegations of “trending topics” section was playing down news from right-leaning outlets.

President Trump has recently attacked the tech giants, including Twitter and Facebook, accusing them of silencing voices that are coming from other than the left. He said: “too many voices are destroyed,” and promised to resolve the issue. And he has already mentioned the problem of the so-called “shadow ban” on social media platforms. In the shadow of a ban, entities have found their posts invisible to most users, even without technical prohibition in place.

Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg has confirmed participation in the Senate intel hearings in Washington Wednesday.

Fox News’ Andrew O’reilly contributed to this report.

Brian Flood covers the media for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter via @briansflood.

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