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Mark Zuckerberg holds meeting with prominent conservatives to 'build trust'

On Wednesday, Mark Zuckerberg met with more than a dozen leading conservatives, writing on Facebook that he wanted to discuss "how we can make sure Facebook continues to be a platform for all ideas across the political spectrum."

In his post, the Facebook CEO said that while "Silicon Valley has a reputation for being liberal," Facebook was built to be a "platform for all ideals. Our community's success depends on everyone feeling comfortable sharing anything they want. It doesn't make sense for our mission or our business to suppress political content or prevent anyone from seeing what matters most to them."

Recently, Gizmodo reported that former Facebook employees said conservative news stories were often suppressed from the trending topics section of the site. Facebook denied the claim, and in his post Wednesday, Zuckerberg wrote that he wanted to hear the concerns of conservatives "personally and have an open conversation about how we can build trust." The meeting was attended by Glenn Beck, Tucker Carlson, S.E. Cupp, Dana Perino, and several other media commentators, pollsters, and think tank leaders.