Triggered leftists launched the “Delete Facebook” campaign amid revelations that CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently met with conservative journalists to address their concerns over censorship of conservative viewpoints on his social media platform.
Zuckerberg has held several informal discussions and off-the-record dinners with conservative commentators, including Fox News host Tucker Carlson, radio talk host Hugh Hewitt, and the Washington Examiner’s Byron York.
According to Politico, the dinners began in July, and even included a meeting with Republican Senator Lindsey Graham. A source told Politico that the outreach is part of Zuckerberg’s efforts to allay mounting concerns among conservatives that Facebook suppresses right-leaning content.
Others say Zuckerberg is merely trying to curry favor with President Donald Trump, who recently threatened to sue Facebook and Google.
When asked about the meetings, a senior Trump administration official said the White House wants real action from Facebook — not hollow lip service from Zuckerberg.
“The White House is looking for meaningful steps from Facebook on a number of fronts,” including “competition, free speech for everybody including conservatives, and privacy,” the official said. “Nominal outreach won’t cut it.”
Other conservative commentators who attended these dinners reportedly included:
- Conservative author Ben Shapiro.
- Fox News contributor Guy Benson.
- CNN commentator Mary Katharine Ham.
- Media Research Center founder Brent Bozell.
In response to left-wing outrage over the meetings, a Facebook rep issued this statement: “For years, Mark Zuckerberg has met with elected officials and thought leaders all across the political spectrum.”
Zuckerberg himself reacted to the left-wing fury with a Facebook post encouraging his followers to be more open-minded.
“There’s some press today discussing dinners I’ve had with conservative politicians, media and thinkers,” Zuckerberg wrote. “To be clear, I have dinners with lots of people across the spectrum on lots of different issues all the time. Meeting new people and hearing from a wide range of viewpoints is part of learning. If you haven’t tried it, I suggest you do!”
Meanwhile, leftists raged on Twitter because they’re upset that their monopoly on social media platforms is being threatened.
Saira Rao — a failed Democratic congressional candidate who hates white people — tweeted: “Mark Zuckerberg is corrupt to the core and Facebook systemically silences people of color who call out racism.”
Mark Zuckerberg is corrupt to the core and Facebook systemically silences people of color who call out racism.
I took down my account a week ago and feel physically and emotionally better. #DeleteFacebook
— saira rao (@sairasameerarao) October 14, 2019
One guy quipped: “We need to #DeleteFacebook to save our democracy.”
— Steven Boyer (@SteveBoyer5000) October 14, 2019
One triggered Hollywood leftist fumed: “I stopped actively posting on Facebook in 2016 after it was revealed that it helped elect the orange fecal smear. Now #DeleteFacebook seems like the best course of action.”
I stopped actively posting on @Facebook in 2016 after it was revealed that it helped elect the orange fecal smear. Now #DeleteFacebook seems like the best course of action. Yes, I’m still on IG but I feel it does less to push the trump agenda. Less older white supremacists. 👌🏻 https://t.co/D5jOTqjyAQ
— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) October 14, 2019
Conservatives reacted to the left-wing meltdowns by saying none of them are going to delete Facebook; they’re merely telegraphing their intolerance and hypocrisy with their virtue-signaling.
Conservative commentator Mark Dice wrote: “Breaking: 100% of people tweeting #DeleteFacebook will not delete Facebook.”
Breaking: 100% of people tweeting #DeleteFacebook will not delete Facebook.
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) October 15, 2019
One American News host Jack Posobiec pointed out that “all these #DeleteFacebook people aren’t serious unless they delete Instagram too, which Zuckerberg also owns.”
All these #DeleteFacebook people aren’t serious unless they delete Instagram too, which Zuckerberg also owns but keeps his personal brand away from
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) October 15, 2019
Steve Crowder observed: “This is why #DeleteFacebook is trending?! Because [Zuckerberg] literally SPOKE with conservatives? Behold, the tolerant left.”
— Steven Crowder (@scrowder) October 14, 2019
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