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Facebook employees will undergo mandatory political bias training

This comes after complaints that Facebook was suppressing conservative content.


Alexandra Samuels


Posted on Jun 23, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 1:36 pm CDT

Facebook employees are now going to be trained to deal with their political biases, Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said at an event Wednesday evening.

As The Hill notedthe decision to include political bias training comes after allegations that Facebook editors systematically downplayed news stories and sources popular to conservatives.

These claims subsequently led to a meeting between founder Mark Zuckerberg and leading conservatives in May. During their meeting, Zuckerberg emphasized how important conservative and Republicans were to Facebook.

“The Facebook community includes more than 1.6 billion people of every background and ideology—from liberal to conservative and everything in between,” Zuckerberg wrote in a post before the meeting.

Regardless of Zuckerberg’s claims, however, the company says they are still taking steps to address these concerns.

“We think a lot about diversity at Facebook,” Sandberg said to American Enterprise Institute President Arthur Brooks during her address at the Wednesday event. “And we have a managing-bias class that all of our leaders and a lot of our employees have taken that I was part of helping to create, and we’ve focused on racial bias, age bias, gender bias, national bias, and we’re going to add in a scenario now on political bias.”

Sandberg continued: “We don’t have a point of view, we’re not trying to make you have a point of view.”

According to The Hill, all training in question is mandatory for Facebook employees.

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*First Published: Jun 23, 2016, 8:48 pm CDT