‘Facebook faces a storm over the make-up of its new $130million ‘politically neutral’ supreme court after it was swamped with left-wing luminaries including ex-Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger and Neil Kinnock’s daughter-in-law.
Critics have accused Mark Zuckerberg of ‘blowing’ his chance of setting up a ‘meaningful’ and ‘politically balanced’ oversight committee for the social media giant because so few of its members have conservative credentials.
They will be charged with hearing appeals against the way the social network moderates content and chooses advertising as well as privacy issues and fake news.
But Tory MP Andrew Bridgen says the board’s make-up will hurt the company and ‘alienate’ users, telling MailOnline: ‘It seems strange that any company which aims to offer services to a population would consistently recruit to positions of considerable responsibility individuals with what are clearly minority political views. It is not only bad practice – it’s also bad business and risks alienating the majority of their customer base’.
Denmark’s first female prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the wife of Labour MP Stephen Kinnock, son of ex-party leader Neil, is among the big names appointed to the powerful group. The social democrat was elected in 2011 on a pro-immigration, high tax manifesto before losing power in 2015 and is now chief executive of Save the Children.
British former Liberal Democrat MP leader Sir Nick Clegg, now head of public affairs at Facebook, is said to have been instrumental in the decision to appoint Alan Rusbridger. He was editor of the left-leaning Guardian newspaper for 20 years, which was chosen by Edward Snowden to publicise his NSA leaks and campaigned against the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States.
He has recently argued that US TV should stop live broadcasting Donald Trump’s White House press conferences claiming the President was ‘spreading disinformation’.’