Zuckerberg’s visit to DC shows how high the stakes are getting for Facebook

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg walks to meetings for technology regulations and social media issues

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg walks to meetings for technology regulations and social media issues | BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

Say for the moment you are the founder and CEO of a vast social network that has recently come under scrutiny from governments around the world. Your company is incredibly successful, but lately members of various congresses and parliaments have begun wondering aloud whether it is actually too successful. Political parties who once cheered you as a job creator are now musing aloud about chopping you up for parts.

You are paranoid — because you believe only the paranoid survive — and so you have built a large policy, communications, and lobbying apparatus to manage these threats into advantages. (It is a happy accident of working in technology that government regulations tends to benefit you by making it harder for challengers to make it…

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