Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Stands Firmly Behind Trump-Loving Peter Thiel

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By Lukas Mikelionis | 6:23 pm, October 19, 2016

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has come out in support of billionaire tech entrepreneur Peter Thiel, who serves on the board of Facebook, after it emerged he donated $1.25 million to Donald Trump.

In an employee-only Facebook post, whose authenticity was later confirmed by Facebook’s press office to Heat Street, Zuckerberg said that while he cares deeply about diversity, it’s “even more important” to stand up for “for the rights of people with different viewpoints to say what they care about.”

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“We can’t create a culture that says it cares about diversity and then excludes almost half the country because they back a political candidate”, he wrote.

Zuckerberg added: “There are many reasons a person might support Trump that do not involve racism, sexism, xenophobia or accepting sexual assault. It may be because they believe strongly in smaller government, a different tax policy, health care system, religious issues, gun rights or any other issue where he disagrees with Hillary.”

The Facebook founder’s strong support for free speech comes at a time an all-out war is being waged against Thiel over his endorsement and donations to Trump’s campaign.

Controversial Ex-CEO of Reddit Ellen Pao has said she’s cutting ties with powerhouse tech accelerator Y Combinator because of Thiel’s involvement, while the left-wing media has questioned the openly gay Thiel’s “gayness” and called for Y Combinator’s Sam Altman’s head for refusing to fire him.

Here is Mark Zuckerberg’s post in full:

I want to quickly address the questions and concerns about Peter Thiel as a board member and Trump supporter.

We care deeply about diversity. That’s easy to say when it means standing up for ideas you agree with. It’s a lot harder when it means standing up for the rights of people with different viewpoints to say what they care about. That’s even more important.

We can’t create a culture that says it cares about diversity and then excludes almost half the country because they back a political candidate. There are many reasons a person might support Trump that do not involve racism, sexism, xenophobia or accepting sexual assault. It may be because they believe strongly in smaller government, a different tax policy, health care system, religious issues, gun rights or any other issue where he disagrees with Hillary.

I know there are strong views on the election this year both in the US and around the world. We see them play out on Facebook every day. Our community will be stronger for all our differences — not only in areas like race and gender, but also in areas like political ideology and religion.

That’s ultimately what Facebook is about: giving everyone the power to share our experiences, so we can understand each other a bit better and connect us a little closer together.

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