Donald Trump has hinted about Facebook conspiring against him with The New York Times and The Washington Post after the social network revealed about 3,000 political ads from the 2016 election to Congress. Facebook decided to take this significant step last week after suspecting that these ads were linked to Russia. It is also suspected that these Russian actors had an impact on the results of the elections, and if not, then they had vast influence.
Before Facebook’s decision to reveal the ads, special investigator Robert Mueller was the first person to get access to those ads. It is also important to note that he is the person in charge of investigating Russia’s involvement in the elections from last year. As soon as the campaign ads were revealed to Congress, Mr. Trump tweeted.
“Facebook was always anti-Trump.The Networks were always anti-Trump hence, Fake News, New York Times (apologized) & Washington Post were anti-Trump. Collusion?”
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Last month, Facebook announced it had found $150,000 worth of political ads that ran on fake accounts originating from Russia, even before there was a mention of a Russian propaganda group. However, now it is believed that between $3,000 and $100,000 of those ads are linked to this group.
“But the people were Pro-Trump! Virtually no President has accomplished what we have accomplished in the first 9 months-and economy roaring,” Trump added.
Facebook also found about 2,000 ads run by accounts that were registered through American internet addresses. What gave them away is that the accounts were optimized for the Russian language. Those accounts were filtered and disabled long before the ads documentation got disclosed last week. A blog post also emerged. It aims to explain the world what actually happened. A long time after that, Facebook revealed that it shared the information on ads with Mr. Mueller and his team. Later on, Facebook said it will give the information to Congress.
The founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerburg, said before these events that it was “crazy” to think that posts on the social network played an influential part in setting up the 2016 elections. However, recent reports say that Zuckerburg and former President Barack Obama didn’t talk much before Mr. Trump’s inauguration, where the former president asked the Facebook CEO to investigate this issue, as it is a serious matter.
Is Facebook conspiring with The New York Times and The Washington Post against President Trump? What do you think regarding this matter?