Zucker­berg fires back at Trump over Face­book barb

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Face­book chief Mark Zucker­berg fired back at US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Wed­nes­day af­ter he ac­cused the lead­ing so­cial net­work of be­ing “al­ways anti-Trump.”

Zucker­berg re­jected the no­tion, coun­ter­ing that Face­book is work­ing to en­sure “free and fair elec­tions” with an on­line plat­form that does not fa­vor one side over an­other.

Zucker­berg’s post at Face­book came af­ter Trump ac­cused the so­cial net­work of bias in a morn­ing tweet that read:

“Face­book was al­ways an­tiTrump.The Net­works were al­ways anti-Trump hence, Fake News, @ny­times (apol­o­gized) & @WaPo were anti-Trump. Col­lu­sion?”

Early morn­ing Twit­ter tizzies have be­come a hall­mark of Trump’s pres­i­dency.

“Trump says Face­book is against him. Lib­er­als say we helped Trump,” Zucker­berg said in his post.

“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 that Rus­sia-linked ads on the so­cial net­work 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 hot­but­ton so­cial is­sues.

News of the de­ci­sion came with word that Face­book is crack­ing down on ef­forts to use the lead­ing so­cial net­work to med­dle with elec­tions in the US or else­where.

“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. “Call­ing that crazy was dis­mis­sive and I re­gret it. This is too im­por­tant an is­sue to be dis­mis­sive.”

He held firm that Face­book’s big­gest role in the elec­tion was as a plat­form for can­di­dates and cit­i­zens to com­mu­ni­cate di­rectly with one an­other re­gard­ing is­sues.

The Se­nate In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee has asked top tech com­pa­nies Google, Face­book and Twit­ter to tes­tify about Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence in US pol­i­tics, a Se­nate aide con­firmed Wed­nes­day.

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