Zuck Made Deal With Trump–No Fact Checks On Political Posts For No New Regulations On FB

  • According to a new book, Mark Zuckerberg agreed to push conservatism on Facebook as part of an agreement with the Trump administration.
  • When Peter Thiel and Zuckerberg met with Trump, the Facebook founder promised not to fact-check political speech if the administration agreed not to impose heavy-handed regulations.
  • “Facebook had long seen itself as a government unto itself,” wrote author Max Chafkin, “the site would push what the Thiel confidant called ‘state-sanctioned conservatism.'”

Travis Gettys from Rawstory writes:

“Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg agreed to push conservatism on his platform as part of an agreement with the Trump administration, according to a new book.

Venture capitalist Peter Thiel told a confidant that he and Zuckerberg met with the former president, Jared Kushner and their spouses at the White House in 2019, where the Facebook founder promised not to fact check political speech if the administration agreed not to impose heavy-handed regulations, according to excerpts from The Contrarian: Peter Thiel and Silicon Valley’s Pursuit of Power published by .

“Facebook had long seen itself as a government unto itself,” wrote author Max Chafkin, “now, thanks to the understanding brokered by Thiel, the site would push what the Thiel confidant called ‘state-sanctioned conservatism.'”

Zuckerberg denied the deal, calling the idea “pretty ridiculous,” but the social media platform allowed Trump posts seemingly calling for violence against Black Lives Matter protesters that Twitter removed, and the company mostly ignored calls to limit “Stop the Steal” groups after the former president’s election loss…”

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