Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren blasted an intimate White House dinner that included the president and Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg that was kept under wraps, calling it ‘corruption pure and simple.’
The Democratic presidential candidate tweeted out an NBC report on the secret dinner, which was not disclosed by the White House or the tech giant when it happened last month.
Also taking part was investor Peter Thiel and First Lady Melania Trump.
‘Amid antitrust scrutiny, Facebook is going on a charm offensive with Republican lawmakers,’ Warren wrote. ‘And now, Mark Zuckerberg and one of Facebook’s board members—a major Trump donor—had a secret dinner with Trump. This is corruption, plain and simple,’ Warren wrote.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), holds up two fingers to represent her two-cent wealth tax while speaking at a campaign event at Clark Atlanta University on November 21, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. She blasted out a report that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg had an undisclosed White House dinner with president
Warren has said as president she would break up the company, along with giants like Amazon and Google.
She kept at it in other missives about the company Thursday.
‘I won’t cozy up to Facebook when I’m president. It’s time to root out corruption in Washington. Until we do, we won’t be able to make any progress on any of the issues that matter to us. And I’ve got a plan for that,’ she said.
‘This is how the government keeps working for giant corporations and the wealthy and well-connected. It’s no wonder that companies like Facebook have been allowed to consolidate economic and political power without any real accountability.’
Zuckerberg groused about Warren in leaked audio from an internal staff meeting released by the Verge last month.
‘If she gets elected president, then I would bet that we will have a legal challenge, and I would bet that we will win the legal challenge,’ he is heard saying. ‘And does that still suck for us? Yeah. I mean, I don’t want to have a major lawsuit against our own government. … But look, at the end of the day, if someone’s going to try to threaten something that existential, you go to the mat and you fight.’
The Facebook CEO had dinner with President Trump and billionaire tech investor Thiel at the White House last month, NBC News reported late on Wednesday, in information confirmed by the company.
The creator of the social network stopped by 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to dine with Trump during his most recent trip to Washington, DC, on October 23.
Thiel, who was one of Facebook’s earliest backers, is one of seven members of the company’s board of directors.
‘As is normal for a CEO of a major U.S. company, Mark accepted an invitation to have dinner with the President and First Lady at the White House,’ the Menlo Park, California-based company said on Wednesday.
President Trump (left) hosted Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (right) for a previously undisclosed dinner at the White House last month, it was reported
Zuckerberg was joined by billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel (above), a Facebook board member and one of the social network’s earliest backers
Warren blasted a report of the undisclosed meeting between Trump and Zuckerberg
It is unclear why the meeting was not disclosed earlier. There is also no word as to what the three men discussed.
DailyMail.com has reached out to the White House for comment.
During his trip last month to the nation’s capital, Zuckerberg testified before Congress about Facebook’s plans to unveil Libra, a new cryptocurrency.
The company’s ambitious efforts to establish a global digital currency have suffered severe setbacks in recent weeks.
Several high-profile partners including PayPal, Visa and Mastercard have recently withdrawn their backing for the project.
Zuckerberg’s dinner with Trump was the second time in as many months that he met with the President.
In September, the President posted a photo on his Twitter account showing him shaking hands with Zuckerberg at the White House.
‘Nice meeting with Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook in the Oval Office today,’ the September 19 tweet read.
Thiel is one of the few Silicon Valley giants who openly supported Trump during the 2016 campaign.
He is the co-founder of Palantir Technologies, a computer software company that has done extensive business with the federal government, particularly in the areas of law enforcement and defense.
Zuckerberg has waged a recent charm offensive by holding meetings with top conservatives in the media and politics in an attempt to dispel the impression among many that the social network has an inherent liberal bias.
Zuckerberg was in Washington, DC, last month to appear before Congress and answer questions about Facebook’s planned cryptocurrency, Libra
The Facebook chief in recent months has met with Republican Senator Lindsey Graham; Fox News host Tucker Carlson; conservative radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt; Town Hall editor Guy Benson; conservative commentator Ben Shapiro; and CNN commentator Mary Katherine Ham, among others, according to Politico.
Conservatives and supporters of Trump have accused social media sites like Facebook of censoring their views.
Facebook denies this.
Liberals, of course, are angry with Facebook after the company refused to fact-check political ads during the upcoming 2020 election campaign.
Zuckerberg has also gone on record as saying he opposes plans by Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren to break up the company because of its alleged monopolistic practices.
The senator from Massachusetts has been far more outspoken in her criticisms of Facebook.
Last month, she submitted a political ad to Facebook that was purposely riddled with errors.
When the site accepted the ad, Warren posted a screenshot of the ad on Twitter and blasted the company for its no-fact-check policy.
Meanwhile, another tech giant, Google, on Wednesday updated how it handles political ads as online platforms remain under pressure to avoid being used to spread misleading information intended to influence voters.
Facebook’s ambitious efforts to establish a global digital currency called Libra has suffered severe setbacks in recent weeks after backers like PayPal, Visa and Mastercard abandoned it
The internet company said its rules already ban any advertiser, including those with political messages, from lying in ads.
But it is making its policy more clear and adding examples of how that prohibits content such as doctored or manipulated images or video.
‘It’s against our policies for any advertiser to make a false claim – whether it’s a claim about the price of a chair or a claim that you can vote by text message, that election day is postponed, or that a candidate has died,’ Google ads product management vice president Scott Spencer said in an online post.
Examples of banned ad material included ads or links to information making demonstrably false claims that could undermine voter trust or participation in elections.
‘Of course, we recognize that robust political dialogue is an important part of democracy, and no one can sensibly adjudicate every political claim, counterclaim, and insinuation,’ Spencer said.
‘So we expect that the number of political ads on which we take action will be very limited – but we will continue to do so for clear violations.’