Facebook has declared it will never use its product to influence how people on the platform vote. Earlier today, Gizmodo reported that employees had asked Mark Zuckerberg to answer the question, “What responsibility does Facebook have to help prevent President Trump in 2017?” in an internal poll.
Our report came after Zuckerberg made unprecedented political comments at his company’s annual F8 developer conference. We reached out to Facebook before publishing our story and the company said they’d get back to us with an official comment—but never did. Instead, they gave their response to other publications including The Hill and Business Insider.
Here’s what Facebook told them:
“Voting is a core value of democracy and we believe that supporting civic participation is an important contribution we can make to the community. We encourage any and all candidates, groups, and voters to use our platform to share their views on the election and debate the issues. We as a company are neutral – we have not and will not use our products in a way that attempts to influence how people vote.”
Facebook’s comments to these publications don’t address our primary question—which is whether Mark Zuckerberg responded to the employee question, and what that response was. If Facebook gets back to us (or anyone else), we’ll update.