“Amid antitrust scrutiny, Facebook is going on a charm offensive with Republican lawmakers,” the Massachusetts senator tweeted Thursday. “And now, Mark Zuckerberg and one of Facebook’s board members—a major Trump donor—had a secret dinner with Trump.”
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
The outburst came following reports from NBC that Zuckerberg, along with Facebook board member Peter Thiel, had a previously undisclosed dinner with the president at the White House during a visit to the capital in October.
“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 told NBC in an emailed statement.
Zuckerberg also met with Trump in the Oval Office during a trip to Washington in September.
Warren has been critical of Facebook and other tech giants throughout the campaign, suggesting at one point that they should be regulated by the government or broken up entirely.
Facebook's own employees know just how dangerous their policy allowing politicians to lie in political ads will be for our democracy. Mark Zuckerberg should listen to them—and I applaud their brave efforts to hold their own company accountable. https://t.co/i9W163oSQa— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) October 28, 2019
The Trump campaign is a big spender on Facebook advertising, as well as the other internet giants. By some accounts, the administration ran many as 6,000 ads attacking the ongoing impeachment inquiry during the first week of televised hearings.