WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Facebook (FB.(O) Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg met with for a half-dozen U.S. senators on Wednesday for the dinner as well as the company’s aims are to promote the company’s reputation in Washington.
FILE PHOTO: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg makes his keynote address during the Facebook Inc’s annual F8 developers conference in San Jose, California, united states, April 30, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam
The social media giant has come under fire on a number of fronts for more than a year, and it faces anti-trust investigation by the Federal Trade Commission, and a number of state attorneys general, as well as a range of legislative proposals which aim to reduce how this works.
Senator Mark Warner, a Democrat, and vice chairman of the Intelligence Committee, to assist with the organisation of a dinner to be Done by the other senators, at the request of the company, a Warner spokeswoman Rachel Cohen said.
At an unnamed restaurant in, the senators and the Negatives are discussed on “the role and responsibility of the social media platforms for the protection of our democracy, and what are the steps Congress must take in order to hold our elections, and the protection of the data, and encourage competition in the social media space,” she said.
It’s Zuckerberg’s first trip to Washington in April 2018, when he made a 10 hour of questions over two days, nearly 100 U.S. lawmakers on privacy issues, and the election of safety and security and the potential for regulation.
Can be done, it is set up to Capitol Hill on Thursday to hold further meetings, including those of Utah Senator Mike Lee, a Republican.
Zuckerberg will be in Washington to talk about the future of internet regulation, policy and decision makers, but does not have any public events scheduled at this time, Facebook said in a statement on Wednesday.
A person briefed on the matter, he said, was also expected to hold meetings with the Trumpet, and administration. A White House spokesman declined to comment.
Facebook, which agreed to a record-setting $5-billion settlement with the u.s. Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) regarding the privacy practices on July, is being confronted with the anti-trust investigations by the FTC and state attorneys general.
The FTC privacy probe was triggered last year by allegations that Facebook violated a 2012 consent decree due to inappropriate sharing of information, which include 87 million users, with the now-defunct British political consulting in Cambridge Analytica. It is the opinion of the clients included Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
The world’s largest social media network, has also drawn ire on Capitol Hill, after it announced plans in June to launch the Scale of crypto-currency, as it expands into e-commerce. The project, consisting of a group of financial companies headquartered in Switzerland, is scheduled to launch in 2020.
Supervisory authorities, central banks and politicians in both the United States and Europe are worried that the Scale has the potential to upend the world’s financial system, and harm to privacy and the promotion of the purpose of money laundering.
Facebook faces scrutiny from lawmakers on a range of issues, including privacy, market power, and the fight against extremism online, in the prevention of foreign intervention in the campaign, and the accusations of political bias.
The company is also being investigated by a group of state attorneys general led by New York city.
Once hailed as the engines of economic growth, the social media, internet search, e-commerce and other digital technologies are becoming more and more defensive about the void, such as breaches of privacy, and greater market influence.
Facebook, who is the owner of a one-time rivals, Instagram, and WhatsApp, with more than 1.5 billion daily users.
Report by David Shepardson, Editing by Leslie Adler Cushing and Christopher