Trump, Zuckerberg hold 'constructive' meeting at White House

Trump, Zuckerberg hold 'constructive' meeting at White House

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff pleads to Senate GOP: 'Right matters. And the truth matters.' Anita Hill to Iowa crowd: 'Statute of limitations' for Biden apology is 'up' Sen. Van Hollen releases documents from GAO investigation MORE met with Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergHillicon Valley — Presented by Philip Morris International — UN calls for probe into alleged Saudi hack of Bezos | Experts see effort to 'silence' Washington Post | Bezos tweets tribute to Khashoggi Trump says Zuckerberg presidential run 'wouldn't be too frightening' Hillicon Valley: Biden calls for revoking tech legal shield | DHS chief 'fully expects' Russia to try to interfere in 2020 | Smaller companies testify against Big Tech 'monopoly power' MORE at the White House on Thursday after the Facebook CEO and founder spent the afternoon talking with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

"Mark is in Washington, D.C., meeting with policymakers to hear their concerns and talk about future internet regulation. He also had a good, constructive meeting with President Trump at the White House today,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement.

Trump later acknowledged the "nice" meeting on Twitter, including a photo of the pair shaking hands.

Trump has routinely criticized Facebook and other social media platforms, accusing them without evidence of harboring political biases against him.

"We should be suing Google and Facebook and all that, which perhaps we will,” Trump said during a Fox Business interview in June.


Trump tweeted in March that Facebook, Google and Twitter are "sooo on the side of the Radical Left Democrats."

And the president in July criticized the tech giant for its plan to launch a payments system next year, in which users exchange money through a proprietary cryptocurrency called Libra.

Thursday's meeting between Trump and Zuckerberg was first reported by Bloomberg.

Zuckerberg has been in Washington, D.C., the past two days. He dined with Democrats on Wednesday night to discuss the role of social media platforms in elections and the protection of consumer data.

The CEO then held closed-door meetings on Thursday with influential Republican senators where he defended his company against accusations that it has amassed too much power, censored conservative voices and failed to adequately protect against election interference on the platform.

Facebook has faced a firestorm of criticism from lawmakers who worry that the platform is too powerful. It has also dealt with data breaches and revelations that millions of users saw advertisements that originated from Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Updated: 8:30 p.m.