President Donald Trump is calling Facebook “anti-Trump.” His tweet Wednesday comes days after the social media company agreed to provide material to congressional investigators probing Russia interference in the 2016 election.
Trump tweeted Wednesday morning that Facebook is, in fact, the enemy, and suggested maybe the platform colluded with media outlets he also views as the enemy.
“Facebook was always anti-Trump.The Networks were always anti-Trump hence, Fake News, @nytimes(apologized) & @wapo were anti-Trump. Collusion?”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 27, 2017
His Tweet comes as the social media giant prepares to hand over 3,000 political ads to congressional investigators that it has said were likely purchased by Russian entities during and after last year’s presidential contest.
Trump might be right, let’s recall the scale of this Facebook effort. The Russians spent about $100,000 on Facebook ads. Hillary Clinton raised more than $563 million for her campaign committee alone and spent $226.9 million of that on campaign advertising. Trump raised $333 million for his campaign committee and spent $194 million on advertising. The Russian contribution amounts to less than a drop in the bucket, which few seem to notice in all of the hysteria over Facebook on all sides these days.
Facebook has previously faced criticism for a perception it is left-leaning. Last May, Facebook faced allegations that its workers had a liberal bias in how they ranked the social network’s popular topics.
Representatives for Facebook did not immediately respond to our request for comment on Trump’s tweet.