In the battle for social media superstars, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spoke to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg about his role in thwarting the January 6 riots in Capitol Hill.
“That’s part of the problem,” the Democrat said Friday in an online town hall meeting with the Bronx and Queens constituents. “And Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook take partial responsibility for Wednesday’s events, period.”
The social media magnate, he said, has coded white supremacist groups on Facebook – and even, he alleged, that “white supremacist sympathizers attend dinner parties.”
The AOC pointed to its controversial exchange with Zuckerberg at a Congressional hearing in 2019, stating, “He specifically treated this type of radicalization, aka with baby gloves.”
“I asked him specifically about the election-related disintegration … and the link between that disintegration and the white supremacist relationship,” she said. “We saw what had been going on for a long time.”
Ocasio-Cortez has claimed for months that Facebook has used conservative news outlet Daily Caller in its fact-checking efforts, a testament to Zuckerberg’s sympathy for white supremacists.
“There’s a very clear link here,” he insisted on Friday.
The Daily Caller has dismissed Ocasio-Cortez’s allegations, calling them “outrageous”.
Pointing to Facebook’s decision to remove President Trump’s access to the platform in the wake of last week’s violence, the AOC said, “They are currently controlling as much damage as possible.”
“But they knew,” she said. “And not only did they know, but they allowed it.”