Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, is in hot waters by allowing US President Donald Trump’s inflammatory statements on Facebook.
In addition, there is also a rumor that this is due to an alleged deal with Trump, as per Axios.
Recently, Facebook is facing an ad boycott from different brands, including big companies such as Coca-Cola, Verizon, and Hyundai.
This is due to claims saying that Facebook is not doing enough to lessen hate speech in its platform.
The “platform continues to come up short” when dealing with hate and harassment, said the Anti-Defamation League in a statement.
On Monday, Axios published an interview with Zuckerberg to clarify the rumors about him and the President.
On Dinners And Private Conversations
The “whole idea of a deal is pretty ridiculous,” Zuckerberg told Axios.
Media reports on private conversations with Trump and at one point, a White House dinner exacerbated these rumors.
However, Zuckerberg “accepted the invite for dinner” because Trump is the President of the United States, he told Axios.
According to him, aside from Trump, he also accepted invitations for meetings and meals from former US President Barack Obama.
He revealed that he met with Obama in and outside the White House.
In addition, he also hosted an event for him at the “Facebook HQ”.
“The fact that I met with a head of state should not be surprising,” he said.
Moreover, it “does not suggest we have some kind of deal,” he added.
At one point, the Facebook CEO also revealed that he spoke to different political leaders all around the world.
Giving Voice To The People
A White House official told Axios that Trump respects “Zuckerberg’s strong pro-First Amendment position.”
Zuckerberg strongly believes “in giving people a voice,” said Axios.
Even if the CEO disagrees with the views.
“I believe in a broad definition of free expression,” Zuckerberg said.
“Especially around political speech.”
Moreover, those are his principles, he said.