21 October 2019

Mark Zuckerberg would have recommended to Pete Buttigieg some people to hire for his electoral campaign ahead of the primaries of the American Democratic Party. This is revealed by Bloomberg. It would be the first time that a direct intervention by Zuckerberg is shown in favor of a candidate for the American presidential elections in 2020.

According to the US agency, the CEO of Facebook at the beginning of 2019 would have sent more emails to Mike Schmuhl, head of the Buttigieg election campaign, in which he suggested a series of profiles to be taken into consideration for recruitment in the candidate's team, today mayor of South Band, Indiana.

Chris Meagher, a spokesman for Buttigieg, confirmed Bloomberg's exchange of emails, also calling on Priscilla Chan, Zuckerberg's wife, who would send emails to Schmuhl with advice on staff.

This correspondence is likely to be a new tile for the founder of Facebook, still at the center of controversy due to the issues concerning user privacy and the scarce capacity shown to stem the problem of disinformation and hate speech on their social media.

Zuckerberg next Wednesday will have to testify before the Parliamentary Commission on financial services on the Libra project, the digital currency launched last June by Facebook. The number one of Menlo Park is called to clarify his plans, but above all to reassure the commission about the impacts that the crypto would have on the US financial system. Zuckerberg, 35, and Buttigieg, 37, had mutual friends at Harvard, where they both studied, Bloomberg writes, even if it doesn't turn out they knew each other at university. What is known is that Buttigieg is among the top 300 users of Facebook, when the social media was little more than a forum for university students. If the recommendation were confirmed, it would be the first proof that a direct involvement of the Facebook CEO in the election campaign of a candidate for the US presidential election is shown. Today, Facebook is the largest social network in the world, with around three billion users.