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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been challenged to sell social media platforms WhatsApp and Instagram to prove his seriousness about user data privacy.

Zuckerberg was reportedly put to the task on Thursday during his private meeting with Sen. Josh Hawley, a conservative Republican from Missouri, in his Capitol Hill office.

The Facebook CEO who apparently wasn’t expecting such a suggestion later left the hour long jaw jaw which was by the side of his meeting with President Donald Trump.

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Hawley, though, had plenty to say. “The company talks a lot. I’d like to see some action,” he told reporters. “I will believe Facebook when I see some real action out of Facebook.”

“Rather than moving users’ personal data from properties such as WhatsApp and Instagram to the core Facebook platform, the company should put a wall around the services or, better yet, sell them off, Hawley said he told Zuckerberg.

Zuckerberg, who requested the meeting, “did not think that was a great idea,” he said.

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