Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg responds to Trump's allegation, regrets ignoring 'fake news'

Updated On : 28 Sep , 2017 , 06:16 PM
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
New Delhi:

United States President Donald Trump is most commonaly known for picking up Twitter feuds and latest man to come in his line of fire is Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Trump on Tuesday alleged that Facebook was 'always anti-Trump' and hinted that the soial media giant has colluded with some american news networks to run anti-Trump campaign. 

"Facebook was always anti-Trump.The Networks were always anti-Trump hence, Fake News, @nytimes(apologized) & @WaPo were anti-Trump. Collusion?," he tweeted

"..But the people were Pro-Trump! Virtually no President has accomplished what we have accomplished in the first 9 months-and economy roaring," he further added. 

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Responding to the allegations, Zuckerberg on Thursday said that he regrets not paying attention to the threat on 'fake news' sooner. 
"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," Facebook CEO said in social media post. 

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Here is the full text of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's post

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 candidates communicated. Every candidate had a Facebook page to communicate directly with tens of millions of followers every day.

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- 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 democracy.

First Published : Thursday, September 28, 2017 06:06 PM
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