Trump confirmed he met with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a weirdly lukewarm tweet

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  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg held an unannounced meeting with President Trump during his visit to Washington on Thursday.
  • After the meeting, Trump posted an uncharacteristically passive tweet confirming their meeting. The tweet possibly came from one of his staff, rather than the president himself.
  • In the past, Trump has been more outspoken and descriptive on Twitter after meeting with other tech CEOs such as Google’s Sundar Pichai or Twitter’s Jack Dorsey.
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Trump posted an uncharacteristically lukewarm tweet after meeting with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg this week.

On Thursday, Trump shared a photo of himself and Zuckerberg captioned with: “Nice meeting with Mark Zuckerberg of @Facebook in the Oval Office today.”

The unannounced meeting was first reported by Axios on Thursday. A spokesperson for Facebook told Axios that Zuckerberg was in Washington DC to meet with policymakers to talk about internet regulation. This comes as Facebook faces ongoing pressure from regulators and lawmakers over privacy on the platform.

But Trump’s passive tone on Twitter stands in stark contrast to some of his previous tweets when he has met with Zuckerberg’s competitors.

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In March and August this year, he met with Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Trump initially praised their first meeting saying that it had “ended very well”, although he wrongly described Pichai as Google’s president.

But by the time of their next meeting in August, the mood had changed. Trump sent out lengthy messages ridiculing Pichai, saying that he was “working very hard to explain how much he liked me” and “what a great job the Administration is doing.”

In April, Trump also met with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey just hours after he blasted the social-media platform for what he deemed as “very discriminatory” behavior against him, which he said included lowering his follower count. Twitter has altered its rules so that frozen accounts no longer show up in people’s follower count.

Trump praised his meeting with Dorsey as being a “great meeting” and said he looks forward to “keeping an open dialogue.”


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