Facebook CEOmet with President Trump in the Oval Office on Thursday, the same day Zuckerberg met with a number of Capitol Hill lawmakers. The Zuckerberg Journey to Washington D.C. comes as a privacy law.
n. Trump tweets a photo of the two, calling it a "nice meeting." A Facebook spokesman said it was a "good, constructive meeting."
No other meetings have been reported, first reported by Axios.
This is Zuckerberg's first public trip to Washington since he testified before theand panels through spring. Utah Senator Mike Lee's spokesman said in a statement that they discussed "a number of topics, including prejudice against Facebook platform conservatives, government regulation of digital platforms, enforcement of antitrust rules, section 230 liability, and data privacy issues. "
Mr. Trump has stubbornly criticized social media companies such as Facebook, Google, Amazon and his platform of choice, Twitter, accepting accusations by conservative critics of censoring religious, anti-abortion and politically conservative views. Mr Trump argued without evidence that the companies were "against me" and even suggested that US regulators sue them on the grounds of anti-conservative prejudice.
Sen. Josh Howley of Missouri told reporters after his hour-long meeting with Zuckerberg that he said the company needed to sell its WhatsApp messaging service and Instagram app to prove it was serious about protecting data confidentiality. Facebook acquired WhatsApp in 2014 and Instagram in 2012.
"The company is talking a lot. I'd like to see some action, "he told reporters. "I will believe on Facebook when I see some real action beyond Facebook."
Instead of moving personal data from real estate users like WhatsApp and Instagram to the main Facebook platform, the company should put a wall around the services or,
Zuckerberg, who asked for the meeting, "doesn't think it's a great idea," he said.
A Facebook spokesman declined to comment on Howley's remarks about his meeting with Zuckerberg.
The popular WhatsApp and Instagram services are among about 70 companies that Facebook has acquired over the last 15 years or more, with what critics say is a huge market power that has allowed it to stifle competition.  Zuckerberg's discussion with Howley concerns competition in the industry, data privacy legislation, election security and accusations by conservatives that Facebook and other social media giants are biased against content targeted at law.  During her visit, Zuckerberg also met with other senators, including Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, Vice-Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Lee, a senior member of the Judiciary Committee, and Senators John Kornin of Texas, and Tom Cotton from Arkansas. He also refused to answer questions from reporters when he left Lee's office earlier in the afternoon.
Congress is discussing a privacy law that can dramatically restore the ability of companies like Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple to collect and make money from users' personal information. National law, which would be the first of its kind in the US, could allow people to view or prohibit the use of their data.
Preventing action, Zuckerberg last spring called for stricter regulations on consumer data protection, control of harmful online content and guaranteeing data integrity and portability. The Internet "needs new rules," he said.
Facebook, a social media giant based in Menlo Park, California, with nearly 2.5 billion users, is under serious scrutiny by lawmakers and regulators after a series of privacy and accusation scandals.
The Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Chamber of Judiciary's Anti-Corruption Subcommittee (19459003) conduct antitrust investigations of large technology companies and a bipartisan group of countries
At the request of Facebook, Warner helped organize a dinner meeting in Washington on Wednesday night for Zuckerberg and a group of senators.  Warner told the Associated Press that he wanted Zuckerberg to hear his colleagues' tremendous fears about privacy and to protect the integrity of our political system. "
Their message to the Facebook boss was" self-regulation will not be the answer, "Warner said." I think Zuckerberg understood that. "
Warner and Howley propose legislation to force tech giants to tell consumers what the data collects and how much it costs The proposal is at the root of Big Tech's highly profitable business model of trading personal data for consumers. Companies are collecting huge data about what consumers read and like, and use it to help advertisers to us
Technology companies are particularly concerned about a separate legislative proposal from Howley, which will require them to prove to regulators that they do not use political biases to filter content. an impartial audit by the government, this would mean that the social media platform is losing its lasting immunity from legal action.