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10/14/2019 12:53 PM EDT

Updated: 10/14/2019 05:41 PM EDT

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been hosting informal talks and small, off-the-record dinners with conservative journalists, commentators and at least one Republican lawmaker in recent months to talk about issues like free speech and discuss partnerships.

The dinners, which began in July, are part of Zuckerberg’s broader effort to cultivate friends on the right amid outrage by President Donald Trump and his allies over alleged “bias” against conservatives at Facebook and other major social media companies. "I’m under no illusions that he’s a conservative but I think he does care about some of our concerns,” said one person familiar with the gatherings, which multiple sources have confirmed.

News of the outreach is likely to further fuel suspicions on the left that Zuckerberg is trying to appease the White House and stay out of Trump’s crosshairs. The president threatened to sue Facebook and Google in June and has in the past pressured the Justice Department to take action against his perceived foes.

“The discussion in Silicon Valley is that Zuckerberg is very concerned about the Justice Department, under Bill Barr, bringing an enforcement action to break up the company,” said one cybersecurity researcher and former government official based in Silicon Valley. “So the fear is that Zuckerberg is trying to appease the Trump administration by not cracking down on right-wing propaganda.”

So, who is winning the dinners in How to Make Friends and Influence People?

Headline: Facebook is refusing to take down a Trump ad making false claims about Joe Biden
Subheadline: So are YouTube, Twitter, and most news networks.

By Emily Stewart Oct 9, 2019, 2:30pm EDT

President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is running a false ad about former Vice President Joe Biden on Facebook, and there’s nothing the company is going to do about it. It doesn’t bode well for what’s to come in 2020 and social media platforms’ willingness to act on the spread of misinformation.

The Trump campaign has released a 30-second video ad accusing the former vice president of promising Ukraine money for firing a prosecutor investigating a company with ties to Biden’s son, Hunter Biden — essentially, the false conspiracy at the center of the impeachment inquiry President Trump is now facing. CNN refused to air the ad because there is no evidence for the claims it is making. But not Facebook — or multiple other tech platforms and media outlets like YouTube, Twitter, MSNBC, and Fox, for that matter. Instead, the Menlo Park, California-based company is going to let it stay — and rack up millions of views in the process.

The Biden campaign asked Facebook to take the ad down, but the platform said it’s a no-go. The New York Times first obtained a letter from Facebook to Biden’s camp on Tuesday responding to its request to remove the video, explaining that despite its false claims, it doesn’t actually violate any of Facebook’s policies.

So, now, are Tr0mplings on PA not only going to be angry about ABC's use of Knob Creek gun range video as "Syria" but the Trump campaign's misuse of lies as "facts" for their campaign ads?

Or are we going to continue to be the finest Democracy money can buy, such as wannabe billionaire LeBron James commenting yesterday the Houston Rockets GM did the wrong thing supporting Hong Kong protesters in words, because it hurt the NBA brand and might hurt King James' chances at selling shoes in China?

Where are the men who fought against slavery in the mid-1800s and the Nazis in the mid-1900s and who never stopped to weigh if their wallets were more important than their free will and the Constitution?
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