In April, as part of Mark Zuckerberg’s global apology tour, the Facebook chief executive stopped in a country that has long been ground zero for technology skepticism — Germany.

Zuckerberg landed in Berlin under immense pressure after a 2018 marked by mishaps and mea culpas at his company, from privacy blunders to misinformation mishandling to user data-sharing scandals. With politicians and regulators in Europe bearing down, the Facebook chief met with another media titan, Mathias Döpfner, the CEO of the continent’s largest publisher, Axel Springer.

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