Facebook Sponsoring Far-Left Conference Where Socialist Ocasio-Cortez Will Keynote

Peter Hasson | Reporter

Facebook is among the sponsors for a far-left conference that will feature Democratic socialist candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as a keynote speaker.

Topics at the 2018 Netroots Nation conference include “menstrual equity,” “harnessing the political power of black immigrants” and “youth-led campaigns to promote social justice.”

The Aug. 2-4 conference, touted as the nation’s largest annual gathering of progressives, will also include several panels aimed at boosting the Democratic Party and bashing President Donald Trump. Facebook has in the past also sponsored similar conservative events, including the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

“Facebook sponsors and participates in events hosted by organizations across the political spectrum. Our presence allows us to facilitate an open dialogue where people can share their views and create content to engage their audiences,” a Facebook spokesperson told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “Our involvement is not an endorsement of any particular position or platform.”

Ocasio-Cortez has become a rising Democratic star since her shock upset of Democratic New York Rep. Joe Crowley — an influential Democrat who chairs the House Democratic Caucus — in the June primary. (RELATED: Marxists And Extreme Radicals Seek To Take Over The Democratic Party)

Ocasio-Cortez is listed alongside California Senate candidate Kevin de Leon and former Obama Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro as keynote speakers for the conference’s third and final day.

Democratic Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts — both considered likely 2020 presidential candidates — are also listed among the conference’s speakers.

Facebook is featured in a number of events at the conference. One event, titled: “The Facebook algorithm: your friend not your enemy,” will promote Facebook’s recent algorithm changes as a positive change, according to the conference agenda(RELATED: Facebook Plans To ‘Dial Up’ Suppression Of Certain News Outlets)

Other Netroots Nation sponsors include Democratic super PAC Priorities USA and pro-abortion groups Planned Parenthood and Emily’s List.

Facebook also sponsored conference in 2017, the agenda for which included protesting a pro-life women’s health center.

This article has been updated to include comment from Facebook

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