[Ed. – Strange bedfellows]
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has met with prominent conservatives in recent months seeking their perspectives on how his platform polices content.
Zuckerberg has met with a number of journalists, commentators, and at least one lawmaker over a number of “off the record” dinners and meetups. Zuckerberg is reportedly attempting to build relationships in Republican circles to help fend off potential pressure from President Trump’s Department of Justice.
Trump has made overtures about breaking up Zuckerberg’s company on grounds that it is an unfair monopoly, something the social media titan wants to avoid.
“The discussion in Silicon Valley is that Zuckerberg is very concerned about the Justice Department, under Bill Barr, bringing an enforcement action to break up the company,” one Silicon Valley cybersecurity expert said. “So the fear is that Zuckerberg is trying to appease the Trump administration by not cracking down on right-wing propaganda.”