Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has rejected calls for a split in his Internet company in talks in Washington. Zuckerberg met US President Donald Trump and members of the US Congress on Thursday including Democratic Sen. Mark Warner and Republican Senator Josh Hawley. Here, the Facebook boss to the required by him sales of WhatsApp and Instagram "No said," wrote Hawley on Twitter.
I'd like to see some energy, "Hawley told reporters following his meeting with Zuckerberg. Instead of switching personal information from users of the instant messaging service WhatsApp and the photo and video app Instagram to the core platform Facebook, Zuckerberg was supposed to put a wall around the services - or even better - repel them. That's how he told him, Hawley explained. Zuckerberg replied that he did not think that was a great idea.
More than a dozen US states recently launched a joint investigation into potential antitrust violations by Facebook. The aim is to find out whether consumer choice is limited and how advertising prices are driven up. Also the handling of the data of the users should be examined.
A "constructive" meeting
Trump has repeatedly accused Internet companies such as Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Twitter of censoring religious and social-conservative content. The corporations are "against me," the president said several times, without substantiating. US regulators even encouraged Trump to sue social media companies for their alleged bias towards conservative content.
After meeting Zuckerberg at the White House, Trump wrote on Twitter: "Good meeting with Mark Zuckerberg from Facebook in the Oval Office today", without giving any details. A spokesman for Facebook called the meeting with Trump "constructive", but did not go into the details.
Facebook's services have more than 2.7 billion users. These include Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram and around 70 other companies Facebook has acquired over the past 15 years. This has created a great deal of market power that, in the eyes of critics, eliminates any competition.