Facebook has been under fire on a number of fronts for over a year, with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) having launched anti-trust investigation against the social media giant and a number of state attorneys-general and legislative proposals seeking seek to restrict how it operates.
A spokesperson for Facebook confirmed to Axios that Zuck "had a good, constructive meeting with President Trump at the White House", and Trump took a rare break from Twitter to post the photo below on his Facebook account - though it was also cross-posted to Twitter.
Senator John Thune, the No. 2 Senate Republican and former chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, said that Zuckerberg was meeting with Democrats on the panel but did not name them.
Lee's office said the two discussed bias against conservatives on Facebook's platform, regulation of online services, enforcement of antitrust laws in the tech industry and data privacy issues.
A Facebook spokesman said discussions were focusing in part on future internet regulation.
Hawley tweeted after his one-on-one meeting with Zuckerberg that he "challenged him to do two things to show that Facebook is serious about bias, privacy and competition".
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The embattled tech executive discussed the issue during a meeting on Thursday with Hawley, a frequent critic of Big Tech, on a host of topics, including privacy and allegations of anti-conservative discrimination.
U.S. federal and state antitrust agencies are exploring anti-competitive actions potentially committed by Facebook and members of Congress are debating privacy legislation that could limit companies like Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple to collect and make money off users' personal data.
"Open Facebook's books up, open their employees to interviews".
Warner said he was not prepared to call for Facebook's dismantlement.
At Facebook's request, Warner helped organize a dinner meeting in Washington on Wednesday night for Zuckerberg and a group of senators. "I think Zuckerberg understood that".
Warner told The Associated Press he wanted Zuckerberg to hear his Senate colleagues' "enormous concerns about privacy and about protecting the integrity of our political system".
Warner and Hawley have proposed legislation that would force the tech giants to tell users what data they're collecting and how much it's worth.