Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) accused Facebook of ''corruption'' after the social media giant sponsored Federalist Society's annual Antonin Scalia memorial dinner featuring Brett Kavanaugh, in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.
The Democratic presidential candidate tweeted that Facebook was spending millions lobbying the government in times when the firm is undergoing four separate antitrust investigations.
''Facebook is going on a charm offensive with the Republicans,'' Warren pointed out.
Facebook declined to comment on Warren's accusations, but the social media company emphasized it has sponsored numerous organizations and events across the political spectrum.
According to Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone, the accusations purposely focus on the company's support for one particular organization while distracting the public from Facebook's lengthy track record of supporting groups from across the political spectrum.
The event on Thursday night was hosted by the Federalist Society, a right-wing organization advocating for conservative judges. It marked the first public appearance of conservative Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh since the rape allegations that almost derailed his appointment to the Supreme Court last year.
The Massachusetts senator and Mark Zuckerberg have been in an open conflict since last year. Warren has been the driving force in the debate about breaking up big tech companies. In her view, they have too much power over the economy, society, and democracy.
In a leaked video earlier this year, Facebook CEO told employees he was ready to ''go to the mat'' and file a lawsuit if the presidential hopeful tries to break up the company.
Elizabeth Warren was not alone in her criticism against Facebook over the sponsorship of the event. Advocacy group Demand Justice opined that Facebook should not be financing the normalizing of Brett Kavanaugh's reputation when Dr. Blasey Ford is still trying to resume her life after she testified against Kavanaugh last year.
Demand Justice pointed out that you can either respect survivors of sexual harassment or pay to celebrate Brett Kavanaugh, but you cannot do both.
Facebook has faced criticism related to Kavanaugh for a second time. Many of its employees were reportedly shocked last year when Joel Kaplan, Facebook's vice president, attended the September hearing to support Kavanaugh. Kaplan explained that he showed up as Kavanaugh was a long-time friend. The vice president also apologized for his appearance after the public backslash.
What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with Elizabeth Warren's statement that Facebook's sponsorship of the Antonin Scalia memorial dinner is a form of corruption?