ZUCKER­BERG HITS BACK AT PRES­I­DENT

So­cial net­work says ‘anti-Trump’ claims are false

USA TODAY US Edition - - MONEY - Jes­sica Guynn

Face­book CEO Mark Zucker­berg fired back af­ter Pres­i­dent Trump ac­cused Face­book of be­ing “anti-Trump” and col­lud­ing with “fake news” or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­sist­ing the gi­ant so­cial net­work is a “com­mu­nity for all peo­ple.”

“We hope to give all peo­ple a voice and cre­ate a plat­form for all ideas,” Zucker­berg wrote in a Face­book post. “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.”

Trump’s Twit­ter at­tack came as the gi­ant so­cial net­work faces in­ten­si­fy­ing scru­tiny for Rus­sialinked ad­ver­tise­ments de­signed to help Trump’s can­di­dacy.

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

Last week Zucker­berg said his Sil­i­con Val­ley com­pany would hand over the Rus­sian ads to con­gres­sional in­ves­ti­ga­tors. Spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller and Congress are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the Krem­lin’s role in the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. Trump has called re­ports of Rus­sian elec­tion med­dling a “hoax.”

Trump used Face­book to rally support for his cam­paign, but com­pany ex­ec­u­tives in­clud­ing Zucker­berg have been sharp crit­ics of the White House’s poli­cies, such as the de­ci­sion to end De­ferred Ac­tion for Child­hood Ar­rivals, or DACA, an im­mi­gra­tion pro­gram that al­lows young peo­ple who were brought to the U.S. il­le­gally as chil­dren to re­main here.

FACE­BOOK

CEO Mark Zucker­berg says Face­book will take steps to pre­vent for­eign in­ter­ven­tion in elec­tions.

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