Meta’s mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. As we work to achieve this goal, we expect all Meta Personnel (as defined in the Meta Code of Conduct), to follow our Code of Conduct and Political Activities and Lobbying Policy and to always act lawfully, honestly, and ethically.
Public policy decisions can have significant implications for the people that use our services and the future direction of our company. Meta regularly engages with government officials to discuss policy issues important to the company as well as share information about our products and services. In doing so, we expect all of our personnel to follow our policies, including our Code of Conduct and Political Activities and Lobbying Policy. We also provide training to our personnel and external consultants engaging with government officials to discuss policy issues on the ethical standards required in all such interactions, and expect them to always act lawfully, honestly and ethically, and abide by all lobbying registration and reporting laws in countries in which we operate.
Meta’s Vice President of Public Policy oversees all corporate political activity (including lobbying activities and political contributions) and is aided, in some instances, by a cross-functional team that includes representatives from Meta’s Public Policy, Communications, and Legal departments.
Meta’s Compensation, Nominating & Governance Committee, which is comprised entirely of independent members of our Board of Directors, maintains oversight of the company’s policy relating to political contributions, including Meta’s PAC contributions and direct corporate contributions to state and local political campaigns.
Pursuant to Meta’s Political Activities and Lobbying Policy, Meta tracks and reports on its lobbying activities in all jurisdictions where such disclosures are required, and complies with the applicable codes of ethics pertinent to registered lobbying entities. Meta also respects all guidelines and requirements regarding the hiring of former government officials, including limits on their ability to conduct certain activities during required cooling-off periods. Expenditures made for political activities are subject to the same expenditure approval matrix applicable to all Meta expenditures.
The activities described below are intended to ensure Meta maintains a voice in public policy discussions that impact our business, our employees and the people that use our products and services.
Where legally permitted to do so, either by administering Meta’s federally-registered PAC or through direct corporate contributions, we support the campaigns of candidates for public office in the United States who have certain policy stances that are consistent with Meta’s public policy views and business interests.
Under US campaign finance law, Meta (like all corporations) is prohibited from donating to federal political candidates. Since many Meta employees wish to support federal candidates who share their goal of building community and bringing the world closer together, we formed Meta Platforms, Inc. PAC (MetaPAC), originally called Facebook, Inc. PAC, in 2011. MetaPAC is regulated under the Federal Election Commission and its activity, which is reported monthly, may be found here.
In deciding which federal candidates to support, MetaPAC considers factors such as:
Where permitted by law, Meta may contribute to candidates for state office, with the goal of supporting public policies that give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Our Vice President of US Public Policy oversees these contributions with the assistance of a cross-functional team that includes representatives from Meta’s Public Policy, Communications, and Legal departments. State political activity is conducted in compliance with applicable disclosure laws, including the timely filing of required reports.
Apart from these political contributions, Meta does not make any independent expenditures in support of or opposition to any candidate for office.
The personal political preferences of Meta executives, directors, and employees do not influence either MetaPAC’s or the Company’s political contributions. Additionally, a contribution to a candidate for office does not mean that we agree with every policy or position that candidate may espouse.
No campaign contribution will be made with the expectation that Meta will receive something in return.
You can view a detailed report of Meta’s PAC contributions to federal candidates by clicking the link below. This report, which will be updated semi-annually, includes contributions since 2013.
You may view a detailed report of Meta’s corporate political contributions to 527 organizations and candidates in states that permit them, by clicking the link below. This report, which will be updated semi-annually, includes contributions made since 2013.
Meta regularly discloses information about our federal and state lobbying activities. These disclosures provide details on the policy and regulatory issues important to Meta, including data privacy, content issues related to Section 230, competition, trade, platform integrity, economic growth, sustainability and other areas. We believe these issues are integral to the execution of our mission and provide a framework through which our external stakeholders can evaluate and understand our approach to political engagement.
You may view our quarterly federal lobbying disclosures for the past several years, by clicking the links below. In 2022, our policy priorities covered a range of issues, including but not limited to:
Meta belongs to various trade groups and organizations representing diverse views and communities. Our team also works with independent third-party organizations on issues relating to technology and internet policy and we sometimes support their events that highlight internet and social media issues. We seek to participate in conversations about the issues that directly affect our company and the experience of the people who use our service. We chose these organizations because they are engaged in meaningful dialogue about either the internet or the local communities in which we operate. While we actively participate in these discussions and believe collaborative problem solving is the best way to address a problem and have the greatest impact, we do not always agree with every policy or position that individual organizations or their leadership take. Therefore, our membership, work with organizations, or event support should not be viewed as an endorsement of any particular organization or policy. Meta also prohibits these organizations to use any payment or fee made by Meta to make any political contribution or expenditure in support of or against political candidates and parties.
While the groups we work with will continue to evolve, below please find a representative list of the ones we have worked with in 2022. When possible, we link to the organization’s website, so that you may find out more about them.
Meta encourages informed participation in the political process. Meta employees may participate in personal political activities, on their own time, with their own funds and in accordance with their own political preferences and desires. Employees must keep such activity separate from work and never represent that such activities are being conducted on behalf of Meta. Pursuant to Meta’s Political Activities & Lobbying Policy, no personal political contribution or expenditure may be, or will be, coerced by Meta or its executives.