Former Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton named Facebook as a company she would consider running on Friday at Harvard University, Fox News informed.
Clinton attended an event at which she received the prestigious Radcliffe Medal for “transformative impact on society,” when she was asked which company she would like to run as CEO.
Without even thinking on this matter, Clinton named Facebook, emphasizing that the social media giant has vast power and controls the flow of information.
“It’s the biggest news platform in the world … but most people in our country get their news, true or not, from Facebook,” she pointed.
Her straight answer garnered mixed reactions on social media, though the attempt to put her name on the table may not be so out of the ordinary. Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg openly endorsed Clinton’s candidacy while a co-founder of the social media giant, Dustin Moskovitz, led a nearly $30 million effort to defeat now-President Donald Trump.
Other Facebook employees donated more money to Clinton’s campaign — some $114,000 — than to those of any other candidate, according to Federal Election Commission data that takes into account only contributions over $200, the Hill informed.
But the former U.S. secretary of state’s eagerness to lead Facebook came at the time when the tech company is coping with a number of scandals, including alleged misuse of user data that allowed political campaigns, including possibly Clinton’s, to target potential voters after acquiring the data of millions of people.
“[Facebook] used additional ‘tricks’ to pressure the users: For example, the consent page included two fake red dots … that indicated that the user has new messages and notifications, which he/she cannot access without consenting — even if the user did not have such notifications or messages in reality,” the complaint reads, according to Australia’s News.co.au.