Glenn Beck: Facebook meeting ‘felt like the Salem Witch Trial’

Glenn Beck: Facebook meeting ‘felt like the Salem Witch Trial’
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Radio host Glenn Beck is criticizing some of the other conservatives who joined him at a meeting with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over allegations of political bias at the social media giant.

Beck accused other conservatives in the room of being overzealous in their efforts to get the company to respond to their concerns.


“It was like affirmative action for conservatives,” Beck wrote on his website on Thursday. “I sat there, looking around the room at ‘our side’ wondering, ‘Who are we? Who am I?’ ”

He said "a number of [attendees], I believe, felt like I did," but added, "The overall tenor, to me, felt like the Salem Witch Trial."

Beck said some in the room asked Facebook to consider training its employees on conservative values and called for employing more Mormons.

The Wednesday meeting at Facebook's headquarters came after a controversy over alleged political bias.

One editor for Facebook's trending topics section alleged that workers had omitted stories and news sources popular with conservatives. Editors sort through a list of stories generated by algorithms and pick items to add to the trending feature.

Beck also said conservatives at the meeting failed to show specific examples of bias.

“I looked around the room; I heard the complaints; I listened to the perspectives, and not a single person in the room shared evidence of any wrongdoing,” he said. “Maybe they had some, but it wasn’t shared.”

He also said he trusted that Facebook was committed to keeping its platform unbiased.

“Without hesitation, with clarity and boldness, Mark said there is only one Facebook and one path forward: ‘We are an open platform,’ ” Beck said. “When I looked into his eyes and his team’s eyes, I believed him and I believed them. I hope I am not proven wrong.”

Beck’s support is a win for Facebook, which has spent the last week doing damage control on the bias allegations.

It brought top brass to the meeting, including Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and Peter Thiel, a member of the company’s board and a longtime conservative.

Other conservative figures attending the meeting included Barry Bennett, a senior aide to presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Jake Ellzey defeats Trump-backed candidate in Texas House runoff DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's Capitol riot lawsuit MORE, former White House press secretary Dana Perino and Heritage Foundation chief Jim DeMint.