Mark Zuckerberg Holding Private Dinners with Conservative Influencers

On Oct 15, 2019 at 7:45 am UTC by Teuta Franjkovic · 3 min read
Photo: Alessio Jacona / Flickr
Photo: Alessio Jacona / Flickr

The Facebook leader has allegedly been hosting “informal talks and off-the-record dinners,” with right-wing figures since July. Does it mean that Zuckerberg is very conservative or just very smart?

It seems that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg decided to go other way and against everything he once was talking about. Since he is loosing all the biggest supporters at the enormous speed, he has started turning to the white supremacists, leaders and journalists who have been known for supporting, well, white race to be exact.

Politico reported Zuckerberg has been organizing dinners with conservative leaders as, for example, is Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, commentator Ben Shapiro, Fox News host Tucker Carlson, and CNN contributor Mary Katharine Ham.

Not just that – he worshipped president Donald Trump publicly even though the latter threatened to sue Google and Facebook back in June this year.

A source familiar with the whole situation said  that there are no illusions that Zuckerberg is pure blooded conservative but that he (the source) thinks “he does care about some of our concerns.”

His words were confirmed with one of the cybersecurity researchers who wanted to stay anonymous and who claimed 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. So the fear is that Zuckerberg is trying to appease the Trump administration by not cracking down on right-wing propaganda.”

During the recent few days, some democrats openly criticized Facebook. One of them is Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren. She publicly condemned the company regarding its ad policy, which frees politicians from third-party fact-checking and plausibly enables the disinformation expansion.

She tweeted:

Earlier this year Zuckerberg met with Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who is famous for rigorous views and comments of the social network and who implied Facebook is nothing more than a monopoly.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson called on Zuckerberg saying he was adding to “the death of free speech in America. Conservative radio talk host Hugh Hewitt, has been calling for a “new regulatory regime” in order to reduce “big tech bias” against conservatives.

Dinners were held always at one of Zuckerberg’s homes in California, and obviously, they ate a lot because sources familiar with the situation said these events last more than three hours.

Be it as it may, Zuckerberg hasn’t been the only one who decided to do that step. If it’s to believe Washington Post, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has also decided to share his bread (quite literally if we might add) with his company’s biggest critics.

In June he said:

 “It’s no secret that we are largely left leaning, and we all have biases. That includes me, our board, and our company.”

It is still not known because neither Zuckerberg nor Dorsey hasn’t said anything about their political standings or views. Maybe they just decided to follow the quote from Michael Corleone (Godfather, anyone?), famous mafia boss, who said: “Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.”

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