Zuckerberg Under Fire For Apparently Cozy Relationship With Fauci

Although Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg has denied accusations that his Facebook social media platform is politically biased, his reported actions during the COVID-19 pandemic have sparked new allegations of a partisan agenda.

According to recent revelations, Zuckerberg gave White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci his personal phone number in the early days of the pandemic. A short time later, Facebook unveiled its controversial method of censoring alleged misinformation regarding the virus.

The latest report emerged from an ongoing lawsuit against the Biden administration that accuses the White House of actively suppressing information and debate regarding COVID-19. For its part, Meta acknowledged that nearly three dozen federal officials were in direct communication with Facebook regarding efforts to address supposed misinformation.

Plaintiffs in the case — attorneys general from Louisiana and Missouri — argue that Zuckerberg’s willingness to give Fauci his personal cell phone number is an indication that he expected to discuss such matters in greater detail throughout the pandemic.

Although Fauci and Zuckerberg were ostensibly concerned with tackling fake news related to COVID-19, the infectious disease expert has faced mounting allegations that he peddled plenty of misinformation of his own.

Fauci, who recently announced his forthcoming retirement, went head to head against multiple Republican lawmakers who accused him of moving the goalposts with his recommended mitigation measures and shifting narrative regarding the origins of the virus.

A number of Republican politicians have attacked Fauci’s record as part of their midterm campaign ads, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who ran a commercial that highlighted the doctor’s “major flip-flopping.”

Playing clips of contradictory advice back to back, the ad revealed Fauci’s reversals on a number of issues. From mask use to school closures to social distancing, the commercial established a timeline of shifting public health advisories.

“Fauci can pound sand,” the ad concluded, prominently displaying a pair of flip-flops as a not-so-subtle jab at his abrupt changes of course.

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), a frequent Fauci foe, used the issue as fodder for his campaign ad on behalf of Ohio GOP Senate candidate Mike Gibbons, who ultimately lost his primary race to author J.D. Vance.

“I’ve stood strong against the mandates of Dr. Fauci, but I need help,” he said. “That’s why I’m endorsing Mike Gibbons for Senate. I know Mike Gibbons will join me in demanding that Fauci is immediately fired and removed from office.”