Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg meets with Donald Trump

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Warner and Hawley have proposed legislation that would force the tech giants to tell users what data they're collecting from them and how much it's worth.

The visit, including a Wednesday night private dinner with Warner and other lawmakers, comes after his stormy appearance previous year before Congress, where he was grilled on Facebook's data protection and privacy missteps.

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., on Friday claimed that during his meeting with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the tech mogul "admitted there "clearly was bias" against the anti-abortion group Live Action.

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"It's no secret that I've been a tough critic of Facebook, so I was glad for the opportunity to discuss my concerns directly with Mr. Zuckerberg", he said. On Facebook and Twitter, Trump posted a photo with the caption, "Nice meeting with Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook in the Oval Office today". She has snubbed at least two meetings with him, Bloomberg has reported.

Hawley said he had a "very frank discussion" with Zuckerberg on the company's record on privacy and political bias and said he thinks Facebook should be subject to independent audits of its content reviews. "I focused on the challenges of privacy safeguards and I welcome the strong, constructive interest shown by Mr. Zuckerberg".

In response, U.S. federal and state antitrust agencies are exploring anti-competitive actions potentially committed by Facebook and members of Congress are now working on comprehensive privacy legislation that could lead to a lesser market monopolisation of companies like Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple and prevent them from making fortunes off users' personal data.

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Zuckerberg has been calling for more internet regulation around harmful content, election integrity, privacy and data portability.

Facebook, a social media giant with almost 2.5 billion users, is under heavy scrutiny from lawmakers and regulators following a series of privacy scandals and amid accusations of abuse of its market power to squash competition.

Warner said he was not prepared to call for Facebook's dismantlement.

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"Open Facebook's books up, open their employees to interviews". He also had dinner with lawmakers, including Senator Richard Blumenthal, on Wednesday evening. After a number of Senate hearings on the matter, the US Federal Trade Commission hit Zuckerberg's brainchild with a hefty fine of $5 billion (€ 4.5 billion) for data protection violations, purported to be over the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. The proposal goes to the heart of Big Tech's hugely profitable business model of commerce in users' personal data.

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