Clinton Received More Donations From Facebook Staff Than Any Other Candidate

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May 10, 2016

Hillary Clinton has raked in more donations from Facebook employees than any other presidential candidate, according to a new report.

Staff of the social networking site have given more than $114,000 to the Democratic front-runner’s campaign this election cycle, The Hill reported Tuesday, citing data from the Federal Election Commission.

Sen. Marco Rubio received the second-highest amount of donations from Facebook staff, raking in $16,604 before he announced he dropped out of the Republican presidential primary race in March.

Still, Clinton racked up nearly $100,000 more from the Silicon Valley tech giant than the Florida senator.

The report arrived the same day that top Senate Republicans demanded Facebook explain a story from Gizmodo revealing that the social media network routinely censors conservative news story when choosing pieces for the site’s "trending" section.

"Any attempt by a neutral and inclusive social media platform to censor or manipulate political discussion is an abuse of trust and inconsistent with the values of an open Internet," Sen. John Thune, who head the Commerce Committee, said in a statement.

Thune also sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg calling on him to explain by May 24 how it "investigates claims of politically motivated manipulation," according to Politico.

Gizmodo broke news of the site’s skewed news aggregation Monday, publishing interviews from former Facebook employees who claimed that company curators intentionally blocked right-leaning pieces from appearing as "trending."

"Depending on who was on shift, things would be blacklisted or trending," one former conservative curator told Gizmodo. "I’d come on shift and I’d discover that CPAC or Mitt Romney or Glenn Beck or popular conservative topics wouldn’t be trending because either the curator didn’t recognize the news topic or it was like they had a bias against Ted Cruz."

Facebook has denied the allegations. The site’s vice president of search Tom Stocky said in a statement published Monday night that the company has "found no evidence that the anonymous allegations are true."