I simply do not trust Mark Zuckerberg.
Courtesy of NBC News:
President Donald Trump hosted a previously undisclosed dinner with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook board member Peter Thiel at the White House in October, the company told NBC News on Wednesday.
The meeting took place during Zuckerberg’s most recent visit to Washington, where he testified before Congress about Facebook’s new cryptocurrency Libra. Zuckerberg also gave a speech at Georgetown University the week before, detailing his company’s commitment to free speech, and its resistance to calls for the company to crack down on misinformation in political advertisements.
“As is normal for a CEO of a major U.S. company, Mark accepted an invitation to have dinner with the President and First Lady at the White House,” a Facebook spokesperson said in an emailed statement.
A source familiar with the dinner told NBC News that Thiel was also present. It is unclear why the meeting was not made public or what Trump, Zuckerberg and Thiel discussed.
The White House declined to comment.
Keep in mind that this was happening during the same time that Zuckerberg was saying that he would not fact check political ads or block them for lying.
It seems especially concerning that he would be meeting with the one politician most likely to post ads that lie or spread misinformation at this time.
It certainly bothered Elizabeth Warren.
Amid antitrust scrutiny, Facebook is going on a charm offensive with Republican lawmakers. And now, Mark Zuckerberg and one of Facebook’s board members—a major Trump donor—had a secret dinner with Trump. This is corruption, plain and simple. https://t.co/KNUtZanylC
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) November 21, 2019
Yeah, she makes a very valid point.
I think Trump desperately needs Facebook to allow him to post lies and misinformation to his followers in order to have any hope of winning the 2020 election, so any secret meeting should raise concerns for all of us.