The US president blamed the informal organization for “collusion” on Twitter, marking it “hostile to Trump”.
Zuckerberg has made it clear before that he doesn’t care for Donald Trump – or possibly, his strategies.
This announcement demonstrates dissatisfaction, I think. Not simply with the president, but rather at the air whirling around Facebook right now.
Mark Zuckerberg has surely by now realized that he must answer his users’ concerns, even when he doesn’t share them. His mistake may prove extremely costly – he’s boosted those calling for stricter regulation of internet companies.
In a Facebook post responding to President Trump’s criticism, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he was striving to make “a platform for all ideas”. He said that aside from “problematic ads”, Facebook’s impact ranged from “giving people a voice, to enabling candidates to communicate directly, to helping millions of people vote”.
He noted that both ends of the political spectrum were upset about content they disliked, and that liberals in the US had accused him of enabling Mr Trump’s victory.
He said the candidates’ campaigns had “spent hundreds of millions advertising online,” which he called “1000x more than any problematic ads we’ve found”.
The 33-year-old said he regretted saying on the day Mr Trump was elected that it was “crazy” to say that misinformation on Facebook changed the election’s outcome, because it sounded dismissive.
He promised Facebook would “continue to build a community for all people” – and to “defend against nation states attempting to spread misinformation and subvert elections”.
Mr Zuckerberg’s response attracted 65,000 “likes” within two hours of being posted.