WSJ: Mark Zuckerberg Used a Private Trump Meeting to Hurt TikTok

Facebook's CEO has been using meetings with regulators to stoke fears about its rival.
WSJ: Mark Zuckerberg Used a Private Trump Meeting to Hurt TikTok
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Mark Zuckerberg may have used a private meeting with Donald Trump to push for the U.S. to attack TikTok, writes the Wall Street Journal. During his visit to Washington DC late last year, the Facebook CEO made both public speeches and private exhortations about the threat posted by its rival. The paper notes that it was after meeting Zuckerberg that senators began raising concerns about TikTok’s safety.

A spokesperson for senator Josh Hawley implies that TikTok is being used to distract from Facebook’s own regulatory concerns and to get lawmakers to crush a rival. Kelli Ford is quoted as saying that Facebook’s alarmism is a “PR tactic to boost its own reputation.” The report adds that Facebook spends record amounts on lobbying, and has launched an advocacy group, American Edge, to boost U.S. tech firms in DC.

TikTok has, for its part, pointed accusatory fingers at Facebook, saying that it’s trying to use politics to damage a rival. In July, CEO Kevin Mayer published an open letter calling Facebook out for launching a “another copycat product [...] after their other copycat, Lasso, failed quickly.” Mayer added that Facebook was launching “maligning attacks by our competitor -- namely Facebook — disguised as patriotism and designed to put an end to our very presence in the U.S.”

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