The founder and CEO of the popular social media site responded to US President Donald Trump’s claim that “Facebook was always anti-Trump.” In a post, Mark Zuckerberg wrote: “Every candidate had a Facebook page to communicate directly with tens of millions of followers every day.”
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has rejected US President Donald Trump’s allegations about the social media site plotting against him. In a Facebook post uploaded on Wednesday, Zuckerberg wrote that the social media site is 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.”
Zuckerberg asserted that while Facebook encouraged Americans to vote, it did not take a side. He then presented data that, according to him, shows that social media played an important role in the 2016 presidential election. “More people had a voice in this election than ever before,” he wrote. “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,” he continued. “Every candidate had a Facebook page to communicate directly with tens of millions of followers every day.”
“We ran ‘get out the vote’ efforts that helped as many as 2 million people register to vote,” Zuckerberg added. “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.”
Zuckerberg’s post was a response to the message tweeted by Trump about Facebook working against him. “Facebook was always anti-Trump,” he wrote.