MARK Zuckerberg hit back at Donald Trump yesterday after he accused Facebook of being “always anti-Trump”.
The social media chief slammed the suggestion, insisting Facebook is working to ensure “free and fair elections” with an online platform that does not favour one side over another.
Zuckerberg’s post at Facebook came after Trump accused the social network of bias.
The US president tweeted: “Facebook was always anti-Trump. The Networks were always anti-Trump hence, Fake News, @nytimes (apologised) & @WaPo were anti-Trump. Collusion?”
But Zuckerberg said: “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.”
Facebook last week said Russia-linked ads on the website aimed at inflaming tensions around last year’s US presidential election will be given to Congress.
The ads sought to sow discord among Americans on hot-button social issues.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 27, 2017
News of the decision came with word the social network is cracking down on efforts to use it to meddle with elections in the US or elsewhere.
Zuckerberg said: “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 he insisted his company’s biggest role in the election was as a platform for candidates and citizens to communicate directly with one another.
The Senate Intelligence Committee has asked top tech firms Google, Facebook and Twitter to testify about Russian interference in US politics, a Senate aide confirmed Wednesday.
The three internet and online social media giants are expected to appear on November 1 in an open hearing on the rising evidence that they were covertly manipulated in a campaign.