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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he wants to ‘reduce the amount of politics’ on the social network

Mark Zuckerberg said that he doesn’t want people fighting over politics on the platform anymore

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies remotely during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Facebook and Twitter’s actions around the closely contested election on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, in Washington. Mark Zuckerberg said that he doesn’t want people fighting over politics on the platform anymore.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies remotely during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Facebook and Twitter’s actions around the closely contested election on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, in Washington.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he wants to “reduce the amount of politics” on the social network as social media companies face criticism over stirring up politics on their platform.

What’s going on?

Zuckerberg spoke about the issue during Facebook’s fourth quarter 2020 earnings call last week.

  • “We’re also currently considering steps that we can take to reduce the amount of political content in News Feed as well,” he said, according to Fox Business.

Zuckerburg said he is looking to kick divisive content off the News Feed, according to The Washington Times.

  • Per Fox Business, Zuckerberg said Facebook will still “enable people to encourage in political groups and discussions if they want to.”
  • “One of the top pieces of feedback that we are hearing from our community right now is that people don’t want politics and fighting to take over their experience on our services,” he said, according to Fox Business. “So, one theme for this year is that we’re going to continue to focus on helping millions of more people participate in healthy communities, and we’re going to focus even more on being a force for bringing people closer together.”

Does Facebook censor conservatives?

There have been a lot of questions about whether or not Facebook discriminates against those of different political strifes. As the Deseret News reported, there is a slew of conservatives worried about Facebook censoring conservative content. That said, the most-read posts on Facebook come from conservative outlets.

  • “While many Republicans think we should take one course, many Democrats think we should do the exact opposite,” Facebook told the Deseret News in a statement. “We’ve faced criticism from Republicans for being biased against conservatives and Democrats for not taking more steps to restrict the exact same content. We have rules in place to protect the integrity of the election and free expression, and we will continue to apply them impartially.”