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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Photo: Christophe Morin/IP3/Getty Images

Facebook shareholders attending the company’s annual meeting Thursday will be the targets of a campaign urging them to replace CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who also chairs the company's board, with an independent chair.

Why it matters: It’s the first move in a progressive coalition’s efforts to target Facebook with a political-style campaign focused on calls for regulators to break up the social media empire.

The details:

  • The “Freedom from Facebook” coalition, a collection of progressive groups like Open Markets Institute and Demand Progress, plans to fly a plane above the company’s Menlo Park headquarters during the annual meeting — dragging a banner that reads “You Broke Democracy.”
  • One member of the coalition, SumOfUs, is an institutional shareholder of Facebook urging other shareholders to “withhold” on Zuckerberg’s appointment to the board in favor of an independent chair. (SumOfUs filed an exempt solicitation letter with the SEC to this effect.)
  • The group called for the appointment of a risk oversight committee, and a report on how the company is managing content governance — including election interference, fake news and hate speech.
  • There will also be a digital ad campaign targeting the shareholder meeting and Facebook’s office locations around the country. (View the “Don’t Get Zucked” ad here.)

Reality check: The shareholder proposal doesn’t stand a chance of getting approved (Zuckerberg himself holds majority voting control of the company) and the current FTC isn’t interested in breaking up Facebook. Still, this is the start of what could be a sustained campaign and drum-beat behind the coalition’s calls for more regulatory action and new accountability measures.

Go deeper: David McCabe reported the details of the coalition's launch earlier this month.

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Scoop: FDA chief called to West Wing

Stephen Hahn. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has summoned FDA commissioner Stephen Hahn to the West Wing for a 9:30am meeting Tuesday to explain why he hasn't moved faster to approve the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, two senior administration officials told Axios.

Why it matters: The meeting is shaping up to be tense, with Hahn using what the White House will likely view as kamikaze language in a preemptive statement to Axios: "Let me be clear — our career scientists have to make the decision and they will take the time that’s needed to make the right call on this important decision."

Scoop: Schumer's regrets

Photo illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images   

Chuck Schumer told party donors during recent calls that the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the fact that Cal Cunningham "couldn't keep his zipper up" crushed Democrats' chances of regaining the Senate, sources with direct knowledge of the conversations tell Axios.

Why it matters: Democrats are hoping for a 50-50 split by winning two upcoming special elections in Georgia. But their best chance for an outright Senate majority ended when Cunningham lost in North Carolina and Sen. Susan Collins won in Maine.

Trump's coronavirus adviser Scott Atlas resigns

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Scott Atlas, a controversial member of the White House coronavirus task force, handed in his resignation on Monday, according to three administration officials who discussed Atlas' resignation with Axios.

Why it matters: President Trump brought in Atlas as a counterpoint to NIAID director Anthony Fauci, whose warnings about the pandemic were dismissed by the Trump administration. With Trump now fixated on election fraud conspiracy theories, Atlas' detail comes to a natural end.

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