A new report from The Wall Street Journal this week outlines how Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has recently “transformed himself into an active political operator.” The report includes the tidbit that Zuckerberg has specifically called on lawmakers to increase their scrutiny of Apple.
The Wall Street Journal explains that Zuckerberg has grown to “talk regularly” with White House senior advisor Jared Kushner and has held conversations with President Trump. Zuckerberg’s focus on political relationships comes as Facebook faces new competition and new antitrust scrutiny:
In regards to Apple specifically, Zuckerberg is said to have “pressed lawmakers and officials” to scrutinize the company more closely. The Facebook CEO has also put pressure on lawmakers to scrutinize TikTok as well, the report says.
Apple CEO Tim Cook and Zuckerberg testified to the House Judiciary Committee alongside each other back in July. Recently, Facebook has become a vocal critic of new privacy changes in iOS 14 related to advertising and tracking.
The full report over at the The Wall Street Journal offers additional detail on how Zuckerberg has “learned politics” during the Trump era.