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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Goes to Washington

Andrew Feinberg

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Photo of Mark Zuckerberg from April 2018 by Anthony Quintano used with permission

WASHINGTON, September 19, 2019 — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will return to Capitol Hill for the first time since he appeared before Congress to answer questions about his company’s practices during the 2016 election.

The trip is meant to enable Zuckerberg “to meet with policymakers and talk about future internet regulation,” according to a Facebook spokesperson who spoke with Axios, which broke the story yesterday afternoon.

While the spokesperson said there would be no public events on Zuckerberg’s schedule, one of the elected officials with whom he will reportedly meet is Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo.

Since joining the Senate in January, Hawley has made a name for himself among conservative activists by sponsoring various pieces of legislation which target major technology companies, and by championing the cause of various pro-Trump Internet personalities who claim that Facebook, Twitter, Google and other social media platform operators are deliberately acting to censor conservative political speech.

His championing of such baseless theories has also won praise from President Donald Trump, who frequently claims without evidence that Twitter, Facebook, and Google are working to prevent him from being re-elected in 2020.

 

Andrew Feinberg is the White House Correspondent and Managing Editor for Breakfast Media. He rejoined BroadbandBreakfast.com in late 2016 after working as a staff writer at The Hill and as a freelance writer. He worked at BroadbandBreakfast.com from its founding in 2008 to 2010, first as a Reporter and then as Deputy Editor. He also covered the White House for Russia's Sputnik News from the beginning of the Trump Administration until he was let go for refusing to use White House press briefings to promote conspiracy theories, and later documented the experience in a story which set off a chain of events leading to Sputnik being forced to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Andrew's work has appeared in such publications as The Hill, Politico, Communications Daily, Washington Internet Daily, Washington Business Journal, The Sentinel Newspapers, FastCompany.TV, Mashable, and Silicon Angle.

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Josh Hawley, right, via Flickr

WASHINGTON, September 19, 2019 — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will return to Capitol Hill for the first time since he appeared before Congress to answer questions about his company’s practices during the 2016 election.

The trip is meant to enable Zuckerberg “to meet with policymakers and talk about future internet regulation,” according to a Facebook spokesperson who spoke with Axios, which broke the story yesterday afternoon.

While the spokesperson said there would be no public events on Zuckerberg’s schedule, one of the elected officials with whom he will reportedly meet is Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo.

Since joining the Senate in January, Hawley has made a name for himself among conservative activists by sponsoring various pieces of legislation which target major technology companies, and by championing the cause of various pro-Trump Internet personalities who claim that Facebook, Twitter, Google and other social media platform operators are deliberately acting to censor conservative political speech.

His championing of such baseless theories has also won praise from President Donald Trump, who frequently claims without evidence that Twitter, Facebook, and Google are working to prevent him from being re-elected in 2020.

 

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Benjamin Kahn

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WASHINGTON, September 19, 2019 — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will return to Capitol Hill for the first time since he appeared before Congress to answer questions about his company’s practices during the 2016 election.

The trip is meant to enable Zuckerberg “to meet with policymakers and talk about future internet regulation,” according to a Facebook spokesperson who spoke with Axios, which broke the story yesterday afternoon.

While the spokesperson said there would be no public events on Zuckerberg’s schedule, one of the elected officials with whom he will reportedly meet is Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo.

Since joining the Senate in January, Hawley has made a name for himself among conservative activists by sponsoring various pieces of legislation which target major technology companies, and by championing the cause of various pro-Trump Internet personalities who claim that Facebook, Twitter, Google and other social media platform operators are deliberately acting to censor conservative political speech.

His championing of such baseless theories has also won praise from President Donald Trump, who frequently claims without evidence that Twitter, Facebook, and Google are working to prevent him from being re-elected in 2020.

 

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Benjamin Kahn

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Photo of Justice Clarence Thomas in April 2017 by Preston Keres in the public domain

WASHINGTON, September 19, 2019 — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will return to Capitol Hill for the first time since he appeared before Congress to answer questions about his company’s practices during the 2016 election.

The trip is meant to enable Zuckerberg “to meet with policymakers and talk about future internet regulation,” according to a Facebook spokesperson who spoke with Axios, which broke the story yesterday afternoon.

While the spokesperson said there would be no public events on Zuckerberg’s schedule, one of the elected officials with whom he will reportedly meet is Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo.

Since joining the Senate in January, Hawley has made a name for himself among conservative activists by sponsoring various pieces of legislation which target major technology companies, and by championing the cause of various pro-Trump Internet personalities who claim that Facebook, Twitter, Google and other social media platform operators are deliberately acting to censor conservative political speech.

His championing of such baseless theories has also won praise from President Donald Trump, who frequently claims without evidence that Twitter, Facebook, and Google are working to prevent him from being re-elected in 2020.

 

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