Facebook is sending some of its top executives to meet with Republican leaders following complaints about anti-conservative bias on social media, the company confirmed to The Hill on Friday.
The officials from Facebook’s public policy team will be meeting with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyTrump calls Liz Cheney a 'smug fool' Republican holds 11-point lead in Ohio race to replace Stivers: poll Cheney presses Republicans to back Bannon contempt vote MORE (R-Calif.), RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel and Brad Parscale, President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new social media network called 'TRUTH Social' Virginia State Police investigating death threat against McAuliffe Meadows hires former deputy AG to represent him in Jan. 6 probe: report MORE’s 2020 campaign manager.
A McCarthy spokeswoman said that the meeting would focus on “continued issues with conservative censorship on their website.”
Facebook will be represented by a group of former GOP officials: Kevin Martin, who served as Federal Communications Commission chairman during the George W. Bush administration; Joel Kaplan, Bush’s former deputy chief of staff; Greg Maurer, who was an aide to former Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerRift widens between business groups and House GOP Juan Williams: Pelosi shows her power Debt ceiling games endanger US fiscal credibility — again MORE (R-Ohio); and former Republican digital strategist Katie Harbath.
Facebook and other social media companies have faced criticism from conservatives over accusations that the industry is biased against conservative speech. The meeting comes after Parscale and McDaniel sent a letter to Facebook and Twitter in May. And McCarthy has become an increasingly vocal critic of tech companies, even though he’s received thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from Silicon Valley.
Parscale, the digital director on Trump’s 2016 campaign, has also been a critic of tech companies, though he’s credited Facebook with helping Trump win the White House.
Facebook has responded to the criticism by launching a review of conservative bias on the platform led by former GOP Sen. Jon Kyl (Ariz.).