Poll Context: Gizmodo recently leaked a questionnaire which showed employees voting in an internal poll to decide what questions they should ask CEO Mark Zuckerberg at his weekly Q&A. One of the questions was, “What responsibility does Facebook have to prevent President Trump in 2017?”. The leak caused outrage among Trump supporters as Facebook wields so much influence. Facebook responded to the leak with the following:
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. We as a company are neutral — we have not and will not use our products in a way that attempts to influence how people vote.
However, Facebook does express opinions and get involved in politics. Recently, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg visited Germany and praised its open border immigration policies, urging the U.S. to “follow their lead.” Just the other day Zuckerberg openly criticized Donald Trump’s Mexico wall plans when he warned against “fearful voices calling for building walls.” He recently banned employees from changing white board postings of ‘black lives matter’ to ‘all lives matter’.
So for Facebook to say they are neutral may be a bit of a stretch. What do you think?