Zuckerberg had a "constructive meeting" with Donald Trump at the White House

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met with Donald Trump and several senators in Washington to discuss their concerns about the company's privacy breaches, the plans to launch its Libra cryptocurrency, as well as suspicions of political bias and censorship being used to governing the social platform.

Trump wasn't particularly excited to meet Zuckerberg, but a Facebook spokesperson told Axios the two had a "constructive meeting." The president took to Twitter to say it was a "nice meeting" him, but senators were much less warm in their interaction. For example, Republican Senator Josh Hawley was quick to ask Zuckerberk if he would consider selling Instagram and WhatsApp to demonstrate his commitment to privacy and fair competition.

After all, the CEO himself touted Facebook's plans for a "privacy-focused" future earlier this year and publicly asked regulators to take a more active role in regulating tech firms. Unfortunately for him, Hawley isn't the only one that would love to see Facebook being broken up into smaller companies. Senator Elizabeth Warren made a similar proposition as part of her presidential campaign, arguing that tech giants have become too big to fail and are stifling innovation.

Zuckerberg wasn't receptive to the idea of selling Instagram and WhatsApp, even as Senator Richard Blumenthal pressed him on antitrust issues. Instead, he only offered vague responses that Facebook is still trying to figure out how to handle the deep integration between its services and the potential for abuse.

The discussion around Libra was just as intense and Zuckerberg told lawmakers that Facebook won't launch its cryptocurrency anywhere in the world until it gets approved in the US. That said, places like the EU seem even less receptive to it, with France vowing to ban Libra as soon as possible.

Other topics discussed with lawmakers include election security, the protection of user data, preventing the dissemination of harmful content, as well as the new villain in town, deepfakes.

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VitalyT

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Zuckerberg had a "constructive meeting" with Donald Trump at the White House
Sounds like a legit first-contact situation.

Also beats me - I could google out a 1000 caricatures for these two clowns. None of them was funny. I feel another conspiracy in this.
 
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It is simply overdue that the Congress & Senate pass some stiff laws with meaningful penalties for ALL Social Media companies. Enough promises and visions for the future. Put it in writing and hold them accountable with zero tolerance for any excuses .... period!
 
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Since when has any president delivered on their promises? Or did Mexico pay for the wall?
Well, if Trump wanted to buy Iceland, but was turned down, why doesn't he just buy the Great Wall of China instead?

The US Mexico border is almost 2,000 miles long. The great Wall of China is over 13,000 miles long! Which means if Trump is even half the builder he claims to be, he could cut the great wall up in 2.000 mile segments, stack them 6 high, and still have about a 1,000 miles left over to renovate for dungeons...(Sorry, I meant "immigrant condos").

Since when has any president delivered on their promises? Or did Mexico pay for the wall?
Someone said that the party "platform" was like the observation deck in the last car of a train. It was something you use to climb aboard and deliver "your message" from, but no place to actually stand on for the rest of the ride.
 
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Bubbajim

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It's always funny to see the Party of big business, small government, and no regulation, come into contact with a massive business that's practically unregulated. Unsurprisingly, the reaction isn't as celebratory as you might expect.
 

wiyosaya

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It's always funny to see the Party of big business, small government, and no regulation, come into contact with a massive business that's practically unregulated. Unsurprisingly, the reaction isn't as celebratory as you might expect.
Yes. The party of big business wants no government regulation except when they do! :laughing:
 
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