Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg tried to influence members of the US government to take a closer look at Apple’s business, a report that examined allegations of the social network’s political influence.
Zuckerberg was not originally one to discuss politics early in his time as a leading Facebook, but over time he has changed his mind to become more political. Looking at how he moved into a role where he takes a greater interest in politics, it seems that Zuckerberg’s actions have also had some impact on technology rivals.
People who are familiar with discussions between Zuckerberg and government officials who speak to Wall Street Journal claims that he has pushed for a larger investigation of both TikTok and Apple.
However, it has largely been researched as part of a group of companies, which includes Facebook, Amazon and Google. On Friday, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, who has significant experience dealing with antitrust issues, suggested that each company be investigated on a case-by-case basis, rather than a mass one.
Zuckerberg has also reportedly held talks with White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and Secretary of State Steven Mnuchin, respectively, and discussed TikTok and its presence in the United States. The topics in the discussions were not mentioned by the report sources.
“Any hint it [Mr Zuckerberg] urged the administration to ban TikTok is false, a spokesman for FaceBook told the report.
The article also covers Zuckerberg’s repeated communication with Kushner via Whatsapp, as well as continuous efforts to make the social network seem as non-biased as possible. This includes recent attempts to limit the impact of political advertising after the upcoming US election, and attempts to limit the impact of political misinformation.
Limiting misinformation has become a major problem for Facebook, which on Wednesday restricted both the social network and Twitter sharing an allegedly unconfirmed New York Post report, writes CNBC. The article claimed to include an “smoking gun” email about the Democratic president’s hopeful and former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter, which could have affected the current election cycle.
The social networks advocated limiting the sharing, citing a need to limit the spread of misinformation, with Twitter adding the material in the report violated the guidelines due to the broadcasting of unedited and presumed hacked material.
Both Zuckerberg and Twitter chief Jack Dorsey are expected to testify before the State Trade Committee on October 28 in a hearing on alleged bias in social networks. It is highly likely that the restrictions from the Post story will be lifted as part of that event.