Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg tried to influence members of the US government to get a closer look at Apple’s business.
The information is as per To report From The Wall Street Journal about the political influence of the head of the social network.
Zuckerberg wasn’t originally discussing politics early in his tenure at Facebook, but he has changed his stance over time to become more politically debated.
And in a look at how he has transitioned into a role with more interest in politics, it appears that Mark Zuckerberg’s actions have also had some effect against his tech rivals.
People familiar with the discussions between Zuckerberg and government officials claim he encouraged more scrutiny against TikTok and Apple.
On the issue of Apple, it is said: Zuckerberg has claimed to officials that the iPhone manufacturer does not appear to face as much scrutiny as the social network, despite having an operating system used by a large percentage of Americans.
Apple has become the target of some investigations, such as its parental control copying strategies and its monopoly power demonstrated via the App Store.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates suggested that auditing each company be done on a case-by-case basis, rather than collectively.
Zuckerberg allegedly held talks with senior White House adviser (Jared Kushner) and Treasury Secretary (Stephen Mnuchin), separately, to discuss TikTok and his presence in the United States.
A Facebook spokesman said: Any suggestion that Mark Zuckerberg encouraged the administration to ban TikTok is wrong.
The article also covers Zuckerberg’s frequent communications with Kushner over WhatsApp, as well as ongoing efforts to make the social network as nonpartisan as possible.
This includes recent attempts to limit the impact of political advertisements after the upcoming US elections, and efforts to limit the impact of political misinformation.
Restricting disinformation became a bigger problem for Facebook, as Facebook blocked the sharing of the New York Post’s report on Democratic presidential candidate (Joe Biden) and his son Hunter.
The social network intervened to curb participation, citing the need to limit the spread of disinformation.
Mark Zuckerberg is expected to testify before the State Trade Commission on October 28, at a hearing on the alleged bias via social networks.