House Speaker Nancy Pelosi today blasted Facebook for putting profits over the well-being of its users and for cozying up to the Trump administration as it faces antitrust scrutiny from federal regulators, offering a scathing and public rebuke of the social media giant.
“The Facebook business model is strictly to make money,” the California Democrat said at a press conference on Capitol Hill to discuss impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. “They don't care about the impact on children, they don't care about truth.”
She later added, “All they want are their tax cuts and no anti-trust action against them. And they schmooze this administration in that regard because so far that's what they have received.”
The remarks arrive a week after Facebook announced it is standing by its policies that allow politicians to spread falsehoods and narrowly target users with political ads, a decision that has reignited criticisms by Democratic lawmakers that the platform is complicit in the spread of political disinformation.
Pelosi today accused the company of serving as “accomplices for misleading the American people with money from God knows where.”
Facebook also drew the ire of congressional Democrats over a previously undisclosed meeting between its CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Trump at the White House last year. Liberal lawmakers accused the company of seeking to curry favor with the administration to ward off regulatory scrutiny.
Facebook is currently under investigation for possible anti-competitive conduct by the FTC, in addition to facing separate probes at the state and congressional level.
A Facebook spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.