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Facebook Says Board Member Peter Thiel's Support Of Trump Does Not 'Represent Our Views'

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Facebook Says Board Member Peter Thiel's Support Of Trump Does Not 'Represent Our Views'

Presumed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump invited Peter Thiel, a supporter of his campaign, to speak at the GOP convection.

Thiel also happens to be an early investor in Facebook Inc (NASDAQ: FB) and a member of its board of directors. Meanwhile, Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg had some harsh words directed at Trump in a recent speech.

Common knowledge dictates that politics aren't discussed in the workplace, but given the high profiled nature of Thiel, Zuckerberg and Trump, this may not be the case.

In a statement to Recode, Facebook said Thiel is attending the RNC convention "in his personal capacity" and is "not attending on behalf of Facebook or to represent our views."

Recode also asked Facebook if Thiel reached out to Zuckerberg or the company to attend and speak at the event, especially when considering Trump's lack of support among the technology community.

Related Link: Technology Leaders: "Trump Would Be A Disaster For Innovation"

The company did confirm that Thiel did not require any special permission to speak at the event.

Thiel's decision to sign up as a Trump delegate was also his own personal doing, Recode added.

Clinton Campaign Loves Facebook's COO

Recode also reported that Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, is a strong supporter of Hillary Clinton, the presumed Democrat nominee. In fact, her name is now being floated as a possible cabinet member if Clinton were to win the presidency.

Sources close to the situation told Recode that the Clinton campaign is very interested in Sandberg, despite her previous statements that she had no desire to leave Facebook or accept a position under President Obama's administration.

A spokeperson for the Clinton campaign also told Recode that it is too "premaure" to comment if Sandberg will be speaking during the Democrat convention.

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