Facebook CEO tries the quiet approach to soothing Washington – POLITICO

Facebook CEO tries the quiet approach to soothing Washington – POLITICO

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Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg in Washington, D.C. | Samuel Corum/Getty Images technology The social media giant’s founder spent three days engaged in quiet diplomacy with members of Congress and President Donald Trump. By CRISTIANO LIMA and NANCY SCOLA 09/20/2019 08:38 PM EDT Mark Zuckerberg’s Washington tour this week represents a new approach to politics for him: low-key, closed-door but highly solicitous of the most important players in town. Facebook's CEO had previously addressed concerns about privacy and social media through acts of public contrition and limited engagement with Congress or the White House. Zuckerberg’s last appearance in the nation's capital was a contentious congressional hearing in April 2018. Story Continued Below This time, the social media giant’s founder — clad in a suit and tie, saying nothing to reporters — spent three days engaged in quiet diplomacy with members of Congress and President Donald Trump. That included a final day of private meetings on Friday, including with lawmakers pursuing antitrust investigations of the tech industry and others drafting legislation to restrict how websites use consumer data. The personal touch seemed to resonate with some members, though others remained critical of the ....


House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Oregon Rep. Greg Walden, the top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, also walked away Friday with praise for the mogul’s approach. Technology news from Washington and Silicon Valley — weekday mornings, in your inbox. By signing up you agree to receive email newsletters or alerts from POLITICO. You can unsubscribe at any time. Trump said nothing about his meeting Thursday with Zuckerberg, beyond calling it “nice” in a tweet that showed the two shaking hands in the Oval Office. Some lawmakers were not impressed by the CEO's efforts.“I don’t think he’s got a lot of credibility, ” said Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who is active on tech issues but did not meet with Zuckerberg. “He’s lied repeatedly to the American people, for example, about privacy policies.” Another notable omission on Zuckerberg's congressional schedule was Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who had some harsh words for Facebook earlier this year after it refused to remove a doctored video that falsely portrayed her slurring her words. The stakes have risen for Facebook since Zuckerberg testified last year — among other things, it ....

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