Facebook's Zuckerberg Defends Fellow Board Member And Trump Supporter Peter Thiel
Peter Thiel was Facebook Inc (NASDAQ: FB)'s first ever outside investor and is a current board member. He is also an outspoken Donald Trump supporter and even lent his support to the Republican presidential nominee during the RNC convention.
Facebook said in a statement to Recode back in July that Thiel is speaking "in his personal capacity" and is "not attending on behalf of Facebook or to represent our views."
Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg hasn't shied away from showing his opposition to Trump's policies but said in a Facebook post on Tuesday that Thiel has every right to support who he wishes.
Zuckerberg said in his post that there are many reasons why someone would choose to support Trump, including the belief in smaller government, a different view on tax policies or health care, religious issues, gun rights and many other issues.
Zuckerberg added that Facebook's core reason for existence is to give everyone the power to share their own experiences to better understand each other and connect everyone a little closer.
"We care deeply about diversity," Zuckerberg wrote. "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."
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