Mark Zuckerberg gives a reply to Donald Trump who accused Facebook of being always against him. Trump labeled Facebook as ‘anti-Trump’.
Facebook will submit around 3000 political advertisements to the congressional investigators. These ads confirm Russian meddling in the US election. Facebook believes that the ads were bought by Russian companies during and after 2016 US elections. Facebook, Twitter & Google are asked to testify about Russian involvement in US elections on 1st November before US Senate Intelligence Committee.
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The tweets Trump did against Zuckerberg were
“The Russia hoax continues, now its ads on Facebook. What about the totally biased and dishonest Media coverage in favor of Crooked Hillary?”
“The greatest influence over our election was the Fake News Media “screaming” for Crooked Hillary Clinton. Next, she was a bad candidate!”
Now Zuckerberg responded to President Trump’s post via a Facebook post saying “I want to respond to President Trump’s tweet this morning claiming Facebook has always been against him.
“I want to respond to President Trump’s tweet this morning claiming Facebook has always been against him.
Every day I work to bring people together and build a community for everyone. We hope to give all people a voice and create a platform for all ideas.
Trump says Facebook is against him. 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.
The facts suggest the greatest role Facebook played in the 2016 election was different from what most are saying:
– More people had a voice in this election than ever before. There were billions of interactions discussing the issues that may have never happened offline. Every topic was discussed, not just what the media covered.
– This was the first US election where the internet was a primary way candidate communicated. Every candidate had a Facebook page to communicate directly with tens of millions of followers every day.
– Campaigns spent hundreds of millions advertising online to get their messages out even further. That’s 1000x more than any problematic ads we’ve found.
– We ran “get out the vote” efforts that helped as many as 2 million people register to vote. To put that in perspective, that’s bigger than the get out the vote efforts of the Trump and Clinton campaigns put together. That’s a big deal.
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 the democracy.”
It’s true that Facebook has provided a platform for all kinds of people with all the different options. It has not supported one agenda by killing the voice of others. There are many supporters who openly support Trump on Facebook while there are much more who criticize him. It will be a false statement to make that only one kind of opinions are promoted on Facebook.