Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg met with President Trump Thursday and went on Capitol Hill to receive a cold reception. With meeting the president, many were in attendance as reporters followed Zuckerberg throughout the White House. He declined to comment on anything.
White House social media director Dan Scavino and the president’s son-in-law were also at the meeting. A spokesperson for Facebook stated, “Mr. Zuckerberg was in Washington to visit policymakers to hear their concerns and talk about future internet regulation. Mr. Zuckerberg’s meeting with the president was constructive.”
President Trump tweeted and posted on Facebook a picture of the two shaking hands and said, “Nice meeting with Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook in the Oval Office today.”
Capitol Hill had a reception of complaints awaiting Zuckerberg, and two lawmakers did not even want to speak with him. Senator Josh Hawley, a Republican from Missouri challenged Zuckerberg and told reporters, “I said to him, ‘Prove that you’re serious…sell WhatsApp and sell Instagram.'” He added, “I think it’s safe to say that he was not receptive to those suggestions.”
The night before Zuckerberg sparred with senators while having a private dinner. A Democrat Senator, Richard Blumenthal from Connecticut described the evening as “a mix of criticism and constructive dialogue over the tech ‘industry’s repeated failures to protect election security and consumer privacy.”
He continued, “We had [a] serious, substantive conversation even when we may have differed. We welcomed the strong, constructive interest shown by Mr. Zuckerberg.”
Everything in the meeting concerned the election misstep and privacy throughout the years. On the issues, two Senators decided to leave early and not meet with Zuckerberg. Senator Jerry Moran, a Republican from Kansas is the head of the Senate consumer protection subcommittee took an early flight back to his hometown instead of meeting with Zuckerberg.
A spokesman stated, “They will definitely try and meet the next time he [Mr. Zuckerberg] is here.” And Senator Brian Schatz, a Democrat from Hawaii met with Zuckerberg on a previous meeting in his Honolulu office before the event. He went back to his hometown, as well.
Senators wanted a full vision of the future on his idea of internet regulations while lawmakers are weighing the options for a stricter or lighter stance for the platforms. The lawmakers want more stringent privacy rules and moderate content after millions of users privacy standards were violated through hacking and allowing personal information to escape.
Zuckerberg was allowed to pitch resolutions on the new regulations which were fixed after the $5 billion settlement over privacy mishaps with the Federal Trade Commission. Even though the settlement was paid, Facebook is still under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission, which could land in the Justice Department.
Senator Maria Cantwell from Washington is the head Democrat on the Commerce Committee met with Zuckerberg on the election security and data privacy. The problems with Facebook cannot be settled in just a one lump sum payment.
These are issues of people and businesses who were violated under the Privacy Act. All of the problems which arose must never happen again. The last time Zuckerberg was on Capitol Hill was in 2018 when he faced the music then for the violations. Now, he has to face the music for the resolutions. Zuckerberg told lawmakers, “It is inevitable that there will need to be some regulation. But you have to be careful about what regulations you put in place.”
There is obviously still bitterness from Capitol Hill and Facebook’s co-founder. Many of the Conservatives have issues with everything being biased. Facebook is more of a Left-leaning tool which everyone seems to have grown addicted to. It seems every time someone posts something in favor of the Second Amendment or says something against Democrats, they get thrown in Facebook Jail. We as Conservatives use it mostly for keeping in touch with old friends and acquaintances.
Some of us like to have fun with it just to see how far it goes before we get thrown in the infamous Facebook prison. It is a great invention, but it has its flaws just like the media. All across the internet, some hackers pry on the innocent and steal data information, identities, money, and Facebook is working on getting its end cleared up.
The problem is they have already burned their bridge with lawmakers, and that is where the bitterness comes from. Facebook is part of the world’s everyday life, they have no other choice but to fix the problem.