Mark defends Facebook against Trump's fake news allegations
Mark Zuckerberg is the nice guy. He is politically correct and quick to mention it because if he doesn't, his empire aka the biggest social media platform, Facebook gets flak. Now, it's not exactly news that US President prefers Twitter over other mediums to voice his mind. Recently, he tweeted why he has no love emoji for Facebook and here's what happened next.
The tweet in question
What is it all about?
POTUS Donald Trump, in his own inimitable way, sent out a tweet that read, "Facebook was always anti-Trump. The Networks were always anti-Trump hence, Fake News, @nytimes (apologized) & @WaPo were anti-Trump. Collusion?" Here "nytimes" is none other than The New York Times and "WaPo" is Washington Post. Both these media outlets have been critical of the firm and often with justified reasons.
Why this, all of a sudden?
However, the term "collusion" got Mark fired up and he took to his own platform to defend himself and the social media site. "That's what running a platform for all ideas looks like," Mark wrote noting that both Trump and liberals were upset about the content that was posted and shared on Facebook during the infamous elections, in which Trump got elected.
There's a back story
Facebook has been warding off allegations for some time now, after reports started surfacing that its platform was used by Russia to influence the 2016 presidential vote. Russian agents had, allegedly, created fake Facebook accounts and used them to create political tension right before Trump was elected. Mark defended Facebook saying that it was the first US election where Internet helped candidates communicate with voters.
Remember Facebook for the good act
He said, "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. Calling that crazy was dismissive and I regret it. This is too important an issue to be dismissive." But then again, Facebook offered people a voice and that's what it should be primarily known for, he added.
A carefully placed explanation
Several publications have faced Trump's ire as he believed that they were all spreading fake news. Mark decided to speak up with carefully placed words, knowing completely well that it's a delicate issue and there's much at stake. He said that the platform would do all that it can to stop the spread of misinformation. Now, it's Trump's turn to comment.