Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Mark Zuckerberg Responds To Trump's Allegations That Facebook Has Always Been 'Anti-Trump'

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Mark Zuckerberg Responds To Trump's Allegations That Facebook Has Always Been 'Anti-Trump'

Mark Zuckerberg Responds To Trump's Allegations That Facebook Has Always Been 'Anti-Trump'


Facebook CEO and chairperson founder Mark Zuckerberg reply to allegations of US President Donald Trump that the social network has always been "anti-Trump," protecting the company he founded while acknowledging that he shouldn't have shaken off concerns about Facebook's influence.

President Trump Tweet that Facebook and news media including The Washington Post had always been against to him.

Mark Zuckerberg Responds To Trump's Allegations That Facebook Has Always Been 'Anti-Trump'

Mark Zuckerberg said that the fact that Facebook fields criticism from Trump as well as willing to respect opinions different from one's own shows it's  "a platform for all ideas."

Many people elevated to a higher position concerns with Fb about the impact that its platform played in unrolling false information concerns apparently supported by recent revelations that Russian operatives used Facebook advertisements to impact American voters. During and after the election, Facebook CEO downplayed those concerns even when they came from President Barack Obama.




Now, Zuckerberg said, he wishes he'd responded differently. "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," Zuckerberg said, referencing a previous denial that Facebook could have influence voters. "Calling that crazy was dismissive and I regret it. This is too important an issue to be dismissive."

In spite of those regrets, Mark Zuckerberg said he still believes Facebook's greatest impact in the election was a positive one: raising consciousness to get out the vote, connecting people and constituents and distributing legitimate ads that were "1000x more than any problematic ads we've found."


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The discussion over how much effect false information on Facebook's network had over the election continues. Facebook last week turned over thousands of politically themed advertisements to Congress. Mark Zuckerberg had formerly conflicting turn over the records but said in a Facebook Live stream that he had changed his mind.

"Facebook's mission is all about giving people a voice and bringing people closer together. Those are deeply democratic values, and we're proud of them," he said. "I don't want anyone to use our tools to undermine democracy. That's not what we stand for."


Democratic lawmakers are also calling for new legislation that would require transparency disclosures for policial ads placed on networks including Facebook, Twitter, and Google.


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