From toast of town to toxic: Facebook CEO on outs with Dems

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at Georgetown University, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

WASHINGTON (AP) – Mark Zuckerberg’s social network in Washington is shrinking.

Bipartisan hostility toward Facebook has been building for months. It’s been fueled by a series of privacy scandals, Facebook’s use by Russian operatives in the 2016 presidential campaign and accusations that the service crushes competitors.

Now, with the 2020 elections approaching, Democrats especially are homing in on Facebook’s conduct and its refusal to fact-check political ads and remove the false ones.

Zuckerberg’s new strategy involves a personal blitz featuring private meetings in Washington with key lawmakers of both parties and President Donald Trump; small, off-the-record dinners at his California home with conservative journalists and opinion makers; and the occasional keystone public address or TV interview.

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11/4/2019 12:08:15 AM (GMT -6:00)

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