Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg publicly responded to President Donald Trump’s tweet on Wednesday that suggested Facebook had “colluded” with TV networks and other media outlets to oppose his presidency.
“I want to respond to President Trump’s tweet this morning claiming Facebook has always been against him,” wrote Zuckerberg on his Facebook page Wednesday.
“Trump says Facebook is against him. Liberals say we helped Trump. Both sides are upset about ideas and content they don’t like. That’s what running a platform for all ideas looks like.”
Zuckerberg also said he regretted his November 2016 comment that the idea of fake news on Facebook influencing the presidential election was “pretty crazy.”
“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,” Zuckerberg wrote Wednesday. “Calling that crazy was dismissive and I regret it. This is too important an issue to be dismissive. But the data we have has always shown that our broader impact — from giving people a voice to enabling candidates to communicate directly to helping millions of people vote — played a far bigger role in this election.”
Facebook found itself in the midst of controversy last year after an explosive report said the company’s human news editors had intentionally suppressed conservative news outlets. The social network also shut down an anonymous group used by its Trump-supporting employees in late 2016.
While Zuckerberg has only mentioned Trump publicly a handful of times, the Facebook CEO has openly denounced many of Trump’s early stances on issues like immigration. The two men have privately spoken by phone multiple times since the 2016 election, Business Insider reported earlier this year.
You can read Zuckerberg’s full post in response to Trump below: