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

September 20, 2021 0

Did Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg promise then-President Trump that it wouldn’t fact-check political speech?According to a new book The Contrarian by reporter Max Chafkin on Trump supporter Peter Thiel, Zuckerberg did just that in order to avoid new regulations from the Trump administration.Remember 2019, that now-distant year before the COVID-19 pandemic and a heated presidential election? All the way back then, more than a year before the 2020 Presidential election, there was a report about a secret October dinner between Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and then-President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. Mashable covered it at the time.Zuckerberg was in Washington, D.C. for a Congressional hearing on its seemingly now-cancelled digital currency, Libra. While in town, he accepted an invite from Trump for dinner at the White House.A Facebook statement at the time characterized the meal as completely “normal.””As is normal for a CEO of

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