(FILES) In this file picture taken on October 11, 2019 US President Donald Trump gestures as he arrives for a “Keep America Great” rally at Sudduth Coliseum on the Lake Charles Civic Center in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
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President Donald Trump boasted Monday that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg advised him at dinner he’s “number one” on the worldwide social media platform.
“I had dinner with Mark Zuckerberg the other day and he said ‘I’d like to congratulate you… you are number one on Facebook,’” Trump mentioned.
The president, talking in a reside interview with right-wing radio speak present host Rush Limbaugh, didn’t specify when the dinner occurred.
A spokesman for Facebook mentioned the final such dinner occurred in October.
The president famous the significance of social media to his messaging, which will depend on bypassing a lot of the skilled information media, which he accuses of bias towards him.
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Trump, who has practically 70 million followers on Twitter, advised Limbaugh that with out the platform, “I think we’d be lost.”
“We wouldn’t be able to get the truth out,” he mentioned.
US social media platforms have come underneath criticism for enabling misinformation and faux information within the build-up to the 2020 presidential election.
Trump himself has repeatedly used Facebook and Twitter to push unfaithful statements and conspiracy theories.
Both these platforms have responded by saying they won’t try and weed out lies from politicians as a result of their statements fall underneath the class of “newsworthy” content material.
Trump is primary on Facebook by way of political advert spending, resulting in accusations that the corporate is unduly influenced by the Republican.
At the October dinner on the White House, Trump and Zuckerberg had been reportedly joined by Facebook board member Peter Thiel.
After, Democratic presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren known as for transparency over Facebook’s hyperlinks to Trump.
“What did they talk about?” Warren tweeted.