Facebook promised Trump it wouldn't fact-check political speech, according to a new book

Remember that Trump/Zuckerberg dinner in 2019?

9/21/2021 3:30:00 PM

Remember that Trump/Zuckerberg dinner in 2019?

A new book claims Zuckerberg and Trump came to an agreement in 2019: no fact-checking political speech and Facebook will avoid regulations.

A Facebook statement at the time characterized the meal as completely"normal.""As is normal for a CEO of a major U.S. company, Mark accepted an invitation to have dinner with the President and First Lady at the White House," a Facebook spokesperson

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NBC News in 2019 without providing any further insight into what was discussed over said meal.Chafkin's new book about Trump backer and Silicon Valley venture capitalist Peter Thiel,The Contrarian, which is out on Tuesday, is now shedding some light into what Trump and Zuckerberg discussed during that normal 2019 dinner.

Thiel was in attendance at that 2019 dinner, along with Trump, Zuckerberg, and the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner. According to an excerpt fromThe ContrarianNY Mag, Thiel told a"confidant" about a supposed"understanding" between Zuckerberg and Kushner. Facebook would"continue to avoid fact-checking po­litical speech." headtopics.com

The alleged deal, as reported by Chafkin, would allow Trump – as well as other politicians – to continue saying whatever they'd like on the social network without their speech being fact-checked.As long as Facebook continued to avoid fact-checking political speech, Trump would avoid any"heavy-handed regulations" targeting Facebook.

Just one month before the dinner, Facebook hadannounceda new policy that exempted politicians' speech from the company's Community Standards. In its announcement, Facebook also reiterated a prior policy commitment: politicians were also exempt from fact-checking on the platform. The announcement proved to be highly controversial, yet, based on the alleged details of dinner, Zuckerberg promised the Trump administration that the company would stand by them.

Then, just days after Zuckerberg's D.C. hearing and his dinner at the White House, Facebook would announce anotherodd decision.The company was partnering with the far-right website Breitbart for its new News tab feature. This feature, which also included news outlets like CBS, NBC, and the

Washington Post, was meant to provide"high-quality" news to combat the misinformation running wild on Facebook.Yet, here was Breitbart, one of the biggest purveyors of misinformation and extremist content, being included as"high quality." Trump's former 2016 campaign manager, Steven Bannon, formerly ran the far-right outlet as well. headtopics.com

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During a live event to promote the new News tab feature, Zuckerbergany questions from reporters regarding the inclusion of Breitbart.Mashable has reached out to Facebook for a statement onThe Contrarian's details of the formerly secret Trump - Zuckerberg dinner. We will update this post when if hear back.

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