President Trump on Thursday, Sept. 19, said he had a meeting with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over internet regulation.
The president said in a tweet “Nice meeting with Mark Zuckerberg of @Facebook in the Oval Office today,” along with a picture of him shaking hands with Zuckerberg.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 20, 2019
“Mark is in Washington, D.C., meeting with policymakers to hear their concerns and talk about future internet regulation. He also had a good, constructive meeting with President Trump at the White House today,” a Facebook said in a statement.
Mark Zuckerberg has been in Washington for the past two days discussing internet regulations with lawmakers. One of the meetings Zuckerberg had was with Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), who has taken a hard stance on tech companies. Hawley introduced the Ending Support for Internet Censorship Act in June to drastically reshape how tech companies would function.
After the meeting Hawley said, “The company talks a lot. I’d like to see some action.”
“I will believe Facebook when I see some real action out of Facebook,” Hawley added.
Rather than moving users’ personal data from properties such as WhatsApp and Instagram to the core Facebook platform, the company should put a wall around the services or, better yet, sell them off, Hawley said he told Zuckerberg.
Zuckerberg, who requested the meeting, “did not think that was a great idea,” he said, according to The Associated Press.
During his visit, Zuckerberg also met with other senators including Mark Warner (D-Va.), vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee; Mike Lee (R-Utah), a senior member of the Judiciary Committee; John Cornyn (R-Texas); and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.). He also declined to answer reporters’ questions when he left Lee’s office earlier in the afternoon, The Associated Press reported.
President Trump has persistently accused Facebook and other tech giants for their anti-conservative bias toward him and his administration.
In March, he blamed Facebook and other tech giants like “Google and Twitter, not to mention the Corrupt Media, are sooo on the side of the Radical Left Democrats. But fear not, we will win anyway, just like we did before!”
In July, Trump also warned of Facebook’s Libra, a cryptocurrency run by the nonprofit Switzerland-based Libra Association, insisting that Facebook must seek formal federal approval and be subject to banking regulations if it wants to join the financial services industry.
The Trump administration is expected to propose an executive order that would address anti-conservative bias covering from social media and internet companies.
Includes reporting from The Associate Press