President Donald Trump boasted Monday after meeting Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook. Trump was on cloud nine when Mark told him at dinner on the global social media platform that he is “number one.”
“I had dinner with Mark Zuckerberg the other day and he said ‘I’d like to congratulate you… you are number one on Facebook,'” Trump said.
The president did not specify when the dinner happened, speaking in a live interview with right-wing talk show host Rush Limbaugh. A Facebook spokesperson said the last such dinner was in October. The president acknowledged the importance of social media to his messaging, which relies on circumventing much of the professional news media that he suspects against him of bias.
Trump, who on Twitter has nearly 70 million followers, told Limbaugh, “I think we’d be lost” without the platform.
“We wouldn’t be able to get the truth out,” he said.
U.S. social media platforms have been criticized in the build-up to the presidential election in 2020 for promoting disinformation and fake news. Trump has used Facebook and Twitter on several occasions to promote untrue statements and theories of conspiracy.
Both of these outlets have responded by saying that they will not seek to root out politicians ‘ lies. This is because their comments fall under the “newsworthy” content category. In terms of political ad spending, Trump is number one on Facebook. It lead to allegations that the Republican is unduly controlling the business.
Trump and Zuckerberg also meet Facebook board member Peter Thiel at the White House dinner in October. Afterwards, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Democratic presidential candidate, called for transparency over the links to Trump from Facebook.
“What did they talk about?” Warren tweeted.
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