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Zuckerberg Meets Trump at White House With Facebook on the Defensive

  • Senator Hawley urged Facebook to sell WhatsApp, Instagram
  • CEO also pressed on privacy, independent content audits, bias
Mark Zuckerberg walks through the Russell Senate Office building in Washington on Sept. 19.
Mark Zuckerberg walks through the Russell Senate Office building in Washington on Sept. 19.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

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Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg met with President Donald Trump on Thursday as he tried to sway Congress and policy makers who have been critical of the practices of the social media platform.

Zuckerberg had a constructive meeting with the president at the White House, according to a Facebook spokesman. Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, attended the meeting, along with Dan Scavino, the president’s social media director, according to a person familiar with the matter.