With the 2020 growing near, the influence Facebook has on elections has again become an important topic of discussion. Many lawmakers worry that the tech giant has grown to be too powerful. Democratic hopeful Elizabeth Warren has talked about making sure Facebook is held accountable for their actions.
Republicans have also railed against the social media network with many of the right claiming Facebook is biased towards conservatives. According to Politico, many of those critics have met with Zuckerberg to discuss their claims.
A cybersecurity source told Politico, “The discussion in Silicon Valley is that Zuckerberg is very concerned about the Justice Department, under Bill Barr, bringing an enforcement action to break up the company. So the fear is that Zuckerberg is trying to appease the Trump administration by not cracking down on right-wing propaganda.”
Among the Conservative figures who have reportedly met with Zuckerberg are Tucker Carlson, Ben Shapiro, Hugh Hewitt and Senator Lindsey Graham.
Facebook is reportedly fearful that multiple Democratic candidates could attempt to bring down the company. Warren has been to most vocal in her complaints about the tech giants.
Zuckerberg has reportedly told his staff that if a candidate like Warren emerged, the company would fight back. During an employee meeting, the Facebook creator said, “That doesn’t mean that, even if there’s anger and that you have someone like Elizabeth Warren who thinks that the right answer is to break up the companies. I mean, if she gets elected president, then I would bet that we will have a legal challenge, and I would bet that we will win the legal challenge.”
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