Warren calls newly reported Zuckerberg-Trump dinner 'corruption'

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic Unity Taskforce unveils party platform recommendations Progressive activist Ady Barkan endorses Biden, urges him to pick Warren as VP Congress must act now to fix a Social Security COVID-19 glitch and expand, not cut, benefits MORE (D-Mass.), a 2020 White House hopeful, on Thursday called a newly revealed dinner between Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergHillicon Valley: Pressure mounts on Facebook to rein in hate speech | UK, Australia launch joint investigation into facial recognition firm | Amazon removing Redskins merchandise from site Pressure mounts on Facebook to rein in hate speech Facebook civil rights audit finds 'serious setbacks' MORE and President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump on Kanye West's presidential run: 'He is always going to be for us' Marie Yovanovitch on Vindman retirement: He 'deserved better than this. Our country deserved better than this' Trump says Biden has been 'brainwashed': 'He's been taken over by the radical left' MORE at the White House "corruption, plain and simple."

"Amid antitrust scrutiny, Facebook is going on a charm offensive with Republican lawmakers," Warren tweeted.

"And now, Mark Zuckerberg and one of Facebook's board members—a major Trump donor—had a secret dinner with Trump." 

NBC News first reported the dinner, which occurred in October, on Wednesday.


Zuckerberg and Facebook board member Peter Thiel, a staunch Trump supporter and donor, met with the president and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpStatue of Melania Trump set on fire in Slovenia The Memo: Trump gambles on school push The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook- Schools weigh reopening options MORE at the White House while the CEO was in town to testify about Facebook’s new cryptocurrency, Libra.

A spokesperson for Facebook confirmed the meeting in a statement to The Hill.

“As is normal for a CEO of a major US company, Mark accepted an invitation to have dinner with the President and First Lady at the White House," they said.

The meeting was the second between Trump and Zuckerberg in as many months. Zuckerberg visited the White House in September during a trip in which he met with lawmakers to discuss their concerns about internet regulation. 


While Facebook has been dogged with unsubstantiated allegations of anti-conservative bias, the company's executives have met with several prominent figures on the right in recent months.

Warren, a vocal critic of big tech companies like Facebook, on Thursday pointed to the social media giant's ongoing scrutiny from regulators as a reason why the meeting was inappropriate.

The Federal Trade Commission and Justice Department are currently probing the country's largest and most powerful tech companies over antitrust concerns.

Warren has called for the biggest companies to be broken up as part of her presidential platform.