The problems recently presented by Facebook led to a proposal to split the company’s subsidiaries, such as WhatsApp and Instagram. But as far as Mark Zuckerberg, founder of the social network, depends, it won’t.
The executive met on Thursday (19) with American President Donald Trump and some of the United States senators. The meetings dealt with several issues, including the division of the company.
Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley said on his Twitter profile that, during his conversation with Zuckerberg, “he challenged him to do two things to show that Facebook is serious about bias, privacy and competition.
Hawley reportedly asked him to sell WhatsApp and Instagram and subject the company to an independent audit of alleged censorship of conservative social media speech. “He said no to both,” published the senator.
Just finished meeting w @Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Had a frank conversation. Challenged him to do two things to show FB is serious about bias, privacy & competition. 1) Sell WhatsApp & Instagram 2) Submit to independent, third-party audit on censorship. He said no to both
– Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) September 19, 2019
According to the CNET, Facebook argues that if it sold WhatsApp or Instagram it could not be held responsible for privacy issues, for example. Zuckerberg proposed regulation on harmful content, integrity in elections, privacy and data portability on the internet.
Trump, for his part, shared on Twitter a photo in which he greets the executive. “Nice meeting with Mark Zuckerberg from Facebook at the Oval Office today,” he said.
The American president is one of the company’s critics. He has already accused the company of having bias against conservatives. “Facebook, Google and Twitter, not to mention the corrupt media, are so on the side of the Radical Left Democrats. But do not fear, we will win anyway, as we did before ”, said in a tweet published in March.
More recently, Trump questioned the Libra project, a cryptocurrency the company plans to launch with 28 other partners, including Visa, Mastercard, PayPal, Uber, Spotify and MercadoPago. For him, Libra should be subject to banking regulations from the US and other countries.
The cryptocurrency was also the subject of Zuckerberg’s meeting with Virginia Democratic senator Mark Warner. To Washington Post, the parliamentarian said he questioned the executive about the project, which the company intends to launch in 2020.
“He heard the concerns, but I’m still not 100% clear that they feel they can launch with little US regulatory approval,” said Warner.
This was Zuckerberg’s first public visit to Washington DC since April 2018, when he was heard by lawmakers after the Cambridge Analytica scandal was revealed. The case, incidentally, led to a $ 5 billion fine on Facebook.
“Mark is in Washington DC, meeting with parliamentarians to hear his concerns and talk about future internet regulation,” a Facebook spokesman told Thursday. CNBC. “He also had a good and constructive meeting with President Trump at the White House today.”
With information: Engadget.