In a comment to ABC News, Facebook admits that they have not responded to Breitbart Tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos’ offer of a live debate between himself and Mark Zuckerberg to address concerns of liberal bias on the platform.
The article, which can be read in full here, also highlights some of the criticism targeted at Glenn Beck and others over their decision to meet with Zuckerberg for a sit-down meeting tomorrow.
Not everyone reacted positively to news of the meeting. The influential news aggregation website Drudge Report ran the headline “Glenn Beck to Grovel at Zuckerberg’s Feet.” Breitbart.com, a website founded by former Drudge Report editor Andrew Breitbart, used the headline “Anti-Trump Conservatives to Meet with Facebook” on one of its stories, implying a more specific subtext of bias within Facebook’s attempt to reach out to conservatives by disproportionately singling out critics of the presumptive GOP nominee.
Milo Yiannopoulos, a Breitbart.com commentator and rising star of the so-called “alt-right” movement, challenged Zuckerberg to a debate in a YouTube video posted on May 14 regarding allegations of what he referred to as “censoring conservatives.”
“Users deserve to know whether the trending topics on Facebook really are trending or whether it’s just something that some social justice warrior in San Francisco wants you to believe is popular,” Yiannopoulos said in the clip.
“We have not responded,” a spokesperson for Facebook told ABC News regarding Yiannopoulos’ debate offer.