The organizers of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) say they will be declining the invite by Facebook to attend this weeks meeting, stressing that there is more going on than “merely a communications problem.” (RELATED: Facebook, In Damage Control Mode, Seeks Audience With Conservative Voices)
A statement from the chairman of the political organization said that Facebook and CEO Mark Zuckerberg need to do a lot more than just hold a meeting with leading conservative voices, following the news that the social media website was suppressing conservative news stories, such as ones about “Ted Cruz, The Blaze and CPAC” from their trending topics section, as Glenn Beck wrote in a Facebook post Sunday.
American Conservative Union chairman and CPAC chief Matt Schlapp wrote in a Monday press statement, “If Facebook wants the benefit of the doubt, they need to start with complete transparency on how decisions are made concerning its newsfeeds.”
Adding “This is much bigger than just having a meeting with ‘leading conservatives,’ and winning the day’s news cycle.”
“The Gizmodo story has exposed the rift between Facebook’s liberal perspective and the hundreds of millions of Americans who self-identify as conservative,” he said. “Facebook has a history of agitating against conservatives and conservative policies, especially when it comes to ACU’s own conference, CPAC.” The statement then lists the history of alleged wrongdoing on the part of Facebook.
- Facebook staff has admitted to suppressing content about CPAC.
- Facebook rejected ACU’s overtures for Facebook to play a meaningful role at CPAC.
- The deck is stacked: CPAC content egregiously underperforms on Facebook compared to Twitter and other platforms by factors of 10.
Information received from a spokesperson with the organization shows that they have found shocking differences between the amount of interaction the exact same news stories have gotten on Facebook versus Twitter.
For example, in February, they sent out a release that conservative talk show host Dana Loesch would be a guest speaker at the annual CPAC meeting in March. On Facebook, the news received 1,189 views. On Twitter, the story was seen 48,697 times. As the spokesman put it, that is over 41 times more than Facebook.
Then again, when it was discovered Donald Trump was going to skip the annual gathering they sent out a news release to both social media websites. On Facebook, the views were 29,147, while on Twitter it was viewed 745,035 times.
Leading conservative voices such as Glen Beck, Dana Perino and S.E. Cupp will be among those who attend this week’s meeting with Facebook to address the allegations.