On Thursday, Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg has met the United States President Donald Trump and Members of Congress on a political survey mission to Washington, where he refused calls to break up the world’s biggest social media.
His visit comes as Facebook faces thousands of regulatory and legal questions related to issues like digital privacy, censorship, competition, and transparency in political advertising.
A spokesman of the tech giant has said that the discussions were focused in part on future internet regulation.
Senate Democrat Mark Warner has taken the lead in Washington on digital security and signaled that they gave an earful to Zuckerberg.
The visit comes after his stormy appearance before Congress, where he was grilled on its privacy missteps and data protection.
Senator Josh Hawley has said that he has a “frank conversation” with the Facebook CEO but remains concerned.
Senator Hawley tweets, “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 continued, “He said no to both.”
On Thursday, President Trump has posted a photo on Twitter and Facebook highlighting him shaking hands with Mark Zuckerberg, but did not share details of their discussions.
President Trump wrote: “Nice meeting with Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook in the Oval Office today.”
The State Anti-Trust and Federal Enforcers are looking for potential anti-competitive actions by Facebook, and Members of Congress are debating the national privacy legislation.
Instagram and WhatsApp are part of Facebook’s wide family of services that have made it a global online behemoth, have further exposed the firm to concern about competition, sprawling digital control, and data harvesting.
Mr. Warner said that he wasn’t prepared to call for dismantling Facebook.
He continued, “I’m not yet with some of my friends who want to go straight to break up.”
“I am concerned. These are global companies, and I don’t want to transfer the leadership to Chinese companies,” added Mark Warner.
He further said, “But I do think we need a lot more transparency. We need to have privacy rights protected. We need to increase competition with things like data portability and interoperability.”
Earlier, the US Federal Trade Commission hits Facebook with a $5 billion fine for data protection violation in a wide-ranging settlement, which calls for refurbishing privacy controls and oversight at social media.
Executives from Google, Facebook, and Twitter have appeared before a Senate Panel to answer query on “digital responsibility” in the face of extremism and online violence.