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Liz Warren Says ‘Public Deserves To Know’ How Facebook Intends To Influence 2020 Election Outcome

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Presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren is floating the possibility that Facebook and President Donald Trump are brainstorming ways to subvert the will of voters ahead of the 2020 election.

Warren elevated her squabble with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a Twitter thread Monday night, telling her followers that the Silicon Valley company and Trump may be cavorting. The Massachusetts senator is also using her beef with Zuckerberg as a rallying cry.

“Facebook has incredible power to affect elections and our national debate. Mark Zuckerberg is telling employees that he views a Warren administration as an ‘existential’ threat to Facebook,” Warren wrote. “The public deserves to know how Facebook intends to use their influence in this election.”

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 11: Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg prepares to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill April 11, 2018 in Washington, DC. This is the second day of testimony before Congress by Zuckerberg, 33, after it was reported that 87 million Facebook users had their personal information harvested by Cambridge Analytica, a British political consulting firm linked to the Trump campaign. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 11: Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg prepares to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill April 11, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

She goes on to suggest that the president and Zuckerberg are in cahoots. “Trump and Zuckerberg met at the White House two weeks ago. What did they talk about?” Warren wrote. 

She was referring to reports showing that Trump and Zuckerberg met on Sept. 20 at the Oval Office. The president believes Facebook and other big tech companies are discriminating against conservatives online. 

Facebook announced on Sept. 25 that it would not sic independent fact-checkers on politicians like Trump who post comments that might violate the company’s policies against publishing false content.

Warren’s campaign has not yet provided a statement to the Daily Caller News Foundation elaborating on her tweets. (RELATED: In Leaked Audio, Zuckerberg Vows To ‘Go To The Mat’ With Warren If She Beats Trump)

Relations between Zuckerberg and Warren have been icy ever since the Democrat proposed a plan in March to break up tech companies with $25 billion or more in annual ad revenue. The idea is a potential death knell for Facebook, which relies heavily on ad revenue for their existence.

Leaked audio recordings published on Oct. 1 suggest Zuckerberg is not taking the threat lightly. “If [Warren] gets elected president, then I would bet that we will have a legal challenge, and I would bet that we will win the legal challenge,” he said in the leaked audio, first reported by The Verge.

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