Zuckerberg defends Facebook against Trump attack
Mark Zuckerberg defended Facebook on Wednesday after President Trump accused the company of being “anti-Trump.”
“Every day I work to bring people together and build a community for everyone,” Zuckerberg wrote on the site. “We hope to give all people a voice and create a platform for all ideas.”
“Trump says Facebook is against him,” he continued. “Liberals say we helped Trump. Both sides are upset about ideas and content they don’t like. That’s what running a platform for all ideas looks like.”
On Wednesday morning, Trump lashed out at Facebook, accusing them of conspiring with the mainstream media against him during the presidential race.
“Facebook was always anti-Trump.The Networks were always anti-Trump hence,Fake News @nytimes (apologized) & @WaPo were anti-Trump. Collusion?” Trump tweeted.
The tweet appears to be in response to Facebook’s cooperation with investigators probing Russia’s campaign to influence the outcome of last year’s election. The company announced that it would hand over 3,000 political ads that it says were bought by fake accounts tied to the Kremlin.
And on Wednesday, The Hill reported that the Senate Intelligence Committee had invited Facebook to testify in an open hearing in November.
In his post on Wednesday, Zuckerberg insisted that Facebook had had a positive effect on the campaign, noting the company’s efforts to turn out the vote and the volume of political discussions that took place on the platform.
“After the election, I made a comment that I thought the idea misinformation on Facebook changed the outcome of the election was a crazy idea,” he wrote. “Calling that crazy was dismissive and I regret it. This is too important an issue to be dismissive.
“But the data we have has always shown that our broader impact — from giving people a voice to enabling candidates to communicate directly to helping millions of people vote — played a far bigger role in this election.”