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Thousands of people on Monday and Tuesday began posting about deleting their Facebook accounts on the heels of a report that said CEO Mark Zuckerberg had private meetings with a number of conservatives.
Politico on Monday reported that Zuckerberg had private meetings with a number of conservatives in recent months including Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Fox News host Tucker Carlson, among others. The meetings come as a number of conservatives, including President Donald Trump, have claimed social media companies of having a bias against them.
In response, Zuckerberg wrote a Facebook post addressing the report, saying that he has “dinners with lots of people across the spectrum on lots of different issues all the time.”
In the wake of the report, thousands of people began posting under a #DeleteFacebook hashtag on Twitter, citing their displeasure with the social media platform as a whole, as well as the meetings.
According to the Politico report, a source said Zuckerberg is willing to kowtow to conservative propaganda—such as misleading political ads from Trump—to stave off regulation off the social media giant, which infuriated people on the left, sparking the calls to delete the platform.
“Let’s send a message to CEO Mark Zuckerberg of @facebook… who has already deleted or will be deleting their FB cuz you won’t stand for them being instrumental in Trump’s stealing another election? #DeleteFacebook,” one Twitter user wrote, getting more than 1,400 likes.
🖐🏻 Let's send a message to CEO Mark Zuckerberg of @facebook... who has already deleted or will be deleting their FB cuz you won't stand for them being instrumental in Trump's stealing another election? #DeleteFacebook— Angela Belcamino (@AngelaBelcamino) October 14, 2019
Other people also chimed in.
THIS is why Zuckerberg is meeting with far-right political operatives.— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) October 14, 2019
He's on a diplomatic mission to make sure Trump doesn't break up his business.
I wouldn't be surprised if the DOJ said, "I'm going to need a favor from you, though..." #deletefacebook https://t.co/wTnNMFXTWS
Every day that we don’t delete Facebook, is a day that we are allowing Mark Zuckerberg to trample on democracy and facilitate profitable (for him) genocide some more. #DeleteFacebook https://t.co/3RAFAgJx83— DavKat (@DavKat43) October 14, 2019
Mark Zuckerberg is corrupt to the core and Facebook systemically silences people of color who call out racism.— saira rao (@sairasameerarao) October 14, 2019
I took down my account a week ago and feel physically and emotionally better. #DeleteFacebook
This isn’t the first time that #DeleteFacebook was a trending topic on Twitter.
The social media giant has also faced recent scrutiny from some prominent 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls about its political advertising policies.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).