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Trump Accuses Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg of Bias

Trump Accuses Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg of Bias
Bernadine Racoma

On Wednesday, U.S. President Trump once again used Twitter to get back at people he believes are his detractors. This time he accused Facebook of being anti-Trump, saying that it’s guilty of collusion. It is the same claim he made against the Washington Post and New York Times.

The President fired a salvo at Facebook and other ”fake news” outlet in one of his Twitter posts. That was after an announcement that the network will hand over to Congress the political ads on Facebook that Russian operatives bought.

Congressional Request

The investigations regarding the issue about the alleged meddling of the Russians in the presidential elections in the U.S. continues. Reportedly, Facebook already handed over to congressional investigators some 3,000 political advertisements.

The social network site believes that it is probable the Russian personalities bought the political ads before and after the 2016 presidential race. From what could be gathered, these political ads were bought to particularly reach target audiences in Baltimore, Missouri and Ferguson.

Google, Twitter and Facebook have been requested by the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee to testify before them on November 1 regarding the Russian interference issue.

Although Google and Facebook have confirmed that they received the invitations to be present during the committee hearing, they have not confirmed their attendance yet.

Facebook Dilemma

In the past, the company’s CEO has made it clear that he does not agree with the policies of Trump. He posted a reply to the President’s allegation that his company is against Trump.

Zuckerberg said that the Liberals claim that Facebook helped Trump. He said that both sides are disturbed by the content and ideas that do not agree with them. Moreover, he declared that it should not be the case because that is the idea behind running a platform where opinions from all sides are on equal footing.

Still, Zuckerberg said he regrets the comments he made after the election dismissing the notion that the outcome of the elections last year was shaped by what he called “fake news” on his site At that time he said he called the idea crazy. He dismissed the concerns, even when they came from former president Obama himself. Now he regrets his previous actions.

According to an analyst, it shows that Zuckerberg is frustrated with Trump and the atmosphere surrounding Facebook. The buzz paints the social media platform as a burden to society and the electoral process.

People are raising concerns with the social media site regarding its impact in spreading fake information, particularly after the revelation that Russian operatives bought ads on Facebook to influence voters.

Although he regrets his past decisions, Mark Zuckerberg said he believes that his company influenced American voters positively and that the platform was able to connect constituents and candidates and encourage people to vote.

Zuckerberg wants to show that Facebook has done many good things through the years. He promised in his post that his social network platform will carry on building a community for all and will oppose entities that attempt to undermine elections and disseminate fake information.

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