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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has advised Democratic 2020 hopeful Mayor Pete Buttigieg on campaign hires, according to a new report.
Bloomberg found that both Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan Zuckerberg emailed Buttigieg’s campaign manager to recommend a couple people to the campaign, two of which went on to be hired.
A spokesperson for the family downplayed the report, saying that people merely asked Zuckerberg to make an introduction to the candidate, after watching Buttigieg on Facebook Live.
According to Bloomberg, Buttigieg and Zuckerberg did not know each other at Harvard but were later introduced by a mutual friend.
Zuckerberg happens to own the world’s largest communication network and advertising platform. Buttigieg has recently gone on the attack against Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), the 2020 Democrat most vocally calling for Facebook’s regulation.
Many on Twitter were outraged by the news and called it a conspiracy.
so buttigieg is attacking elizabeth warren while being advised by mark zuckerberg? 🤔 https://t.co/fgniKrZiaf— Marlow Stern (@MarlowNYC) October 21, 2019
Warren isn’t a big fan of Facebook. Buttigieg, well ... https://t.co/o1qnKRT9YD— rodrigo peligro (@rodrigo_peligro) October 21, 2019
The Buttigieg camp called it much ado about nothing.
Exactly. A lot of sound and fury signifying nothing. We get recs from hundreds of people and we’ve received thousands and thousands of resumes. https://t.co/guc03vVP7t— Lis Smith (@Lis_Smith) October 21, 2019
Zuckerberg and Chan, according to a statement, have not settled on a candidate to support in 2020.
David Covucci is the Layer 8 editor at the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the web. His work has appeared in Vice, the Huffington Post, Jezebel, Gothamist, and other publications. He is particularly interested in hearing any tips you have. Reach out at [email protected]