Mark Zuckerberg wrote off remarks made by Donald Trump, who stated Facebook had consistently been against him. The U.S. President blamed the social networking company for collusion with Twitter, marking it as “anti-Trump.” Trump made similar claims against the New York Times and the Washington Post. Facebook had posted more than 3,000 political adverts about congressional lawmakers alleged Russian interference in the November election.
Last November, Mark Zuckerberg stated the idea that news distributed on Facebook can have an effect on presidential ballots is crazy. Nearly a year later, after confirmation of Russian crusades endeavoring to misdirect voters, disclosures that President Obama had cautioned Zuckerberg about the issue, and news that Facebook chopped out ‘a huge number of records’ in front of the German ballot, Zuckerberg changed his tune.
Zuckerberg reacted to a statement by President Trump that “Facebook was constantly hostile to him” by guaranteeing his organization grants a voice to all individuals. He would later withdraw this stance, saying:
“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. 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. We will continue to work to build a community for all people. We will do our part to defend against nation states attempting to spread misinformation and subvert elections. We’ll keep working to ensure the integrity of free and fair elections around the world, and to ensure our community is a platform for all ideas and force for good in democracy.”
The Kremlin has long since denied any interference in the U.S. ballot, and Trump has railed against assertions that his staff had underhanded connections to Russia. However, U.S. intelligence has claimed that Moscow tried to influence the vote for Trump. Congressional panels and a FBI requests are right now probing the issue.