Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg responded to President Trump’s claim that Facebook “was always anti-Trump” tweet Wednesday suggesting that the social media site had “colluded” with TV networks and other media outlets to oppose his presidency.
“I want to respond to President Trump’s tweet this morning claiming Facebook has always been against him,” wrote Zuckerberg on his Facebook page Wednesday.
“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.”
Because of Facebook, he said more people were able to have discussions about the issues, which might not have taken place offline.
Zuckerberg also said that it was easier for candidates to speak directly to their constituents who followed them on the website.
Additionally, he said the campaigns spent “hundreds of millions advertising to get their messages out even further,” which he said was “1000x more than any problematic ads we’ve found.”
The comment was made in reference to $100,000 worth of advertising money Facebook said they discovered, which was reportedly used to buy almost 3,000 fraudulent ads tied to the 2016 presidential election.
The 33-year-old said he regretted saying on the day Donald Trump was elected that it was “crazy” to say that misinformation on Facebook changed the election’s outcome, because it sounded dismissive.
He promised Facebook would “continue to build a community for all people” – and to “defend against nation states attempting to spread misinformation and subvert elections”.
Zuckerberg’s response has 13,953 ‘shares’, while Donald Trump’s Tweet has had 15,493 ‘retweets’ since being posted.