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Sheryl Sandberg says conservatives never raised her support of Hillary Clinton in their meeting

The Facebook executive says the social network is working to confront bias.

Asa Mathat

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg is among Hillary Clinton's most prominent supporters in Silicon Valley.

But Sandberg says her politics were never broached in a recent meeting with conservatives to address an allegation — which the social network has repeatedly denied — of liberal bias influencing the selection of articles to feature as one of Facebook's "trending topics."

"That's not something that came up in the meeting," said Sandberg in remarks Wednesday at the Code Conference at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes.

Sandberg said the conservative commentators were most concerned about how Trending Topics work — and how they can use the Facebook platform to reach the largest possible audience. That's a place where Facebook's interests — and conservative politicians and columnists — are aligned.

The Facebook executive said the social network is committed to confronting bias, including those its employees aren't conscious of.

"We all have biases. I talk a lot about them in regards to women," said Sandberg, who wrote the book about how women are held back in the workplace. "Understanding what those are is the only way we get to diversity."

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