Sep 18, 2019

Scoop: Mark Zuckerberg returning to Capitol Hill

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before Congress last year. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will meet with lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Thursday — his first time in Washington since he testified before Congress last year, sources tell Axios.

Why it matters: Zuckerberg is returning to engage with Washington at a time when pressure on Facebook is rising from regulators and legislators around the world. A Facebook official said: "Mark will be in Washington, D.C., to meet with policymakers and talk about future internet regulation. There are no public events planned."

  • Among Zuckerberg’s meetings will be Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), who has been a major thorn in the tech giant’s side, a source told Axios.

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Scoop: Mark Zuckerberg met Trump during visit to D.C.

Mark Zuckerberg and President Trump. Photos: Aurelien Meunier; Mark Wilson via Getty Images

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg held an unannounced meeting with President Trump during his visit to Washington on Thursday, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: With Facebook under pressure from regulators and lawmakers on privacy and other issues, Zuckerberg turned to personal diplomacy with the president on his first visit to D.C. since he testified before Congress last April. Zuckerberg also ate dinner with a group of senators on Wednesday and held a number of meetings on Capitol Hill.

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Zuckerberg's D.C. charm tour

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg leaving a meeting with Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), followed by Facebook VP of global public policy Joel Kaplan. Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met with key senators and then visited President Trump at the White House Thursday, as his company navigates an increasingly dense maze of antitrust probes and regulatory initiatives.

Why it matters: With this week's private dinners, senatorial sit-downs and presidential audience, Zuckerberg aims to move Facebook beyond playing defense and toward a meaningful dialogue on regulating the internet, sources tell Axios.

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Mark Zuckerberg dines with senators in D.C.

Mark Zuckerberg testifies during a Congressional hearing in Washington, D.C., April 2018. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg discussed election security and privacy with a group of senators over dinner ahead of his return to Capitol Hill Thursday, said a spokesperson for Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), who organized the meeting.

Why it matters: Per Axios' Mike Allen, Zuckerberg is returning to Washington to meet with lawmakers for the first time since he testified before Congress in April 2018. He's trying to engage with Washington at a time when pressure on Facebook is rising from regulators and legislators around the world.

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