Trump, Zuckerberg face-off ahead of Russia hearing

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President Trump and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg face off online as the social media giant prepares to hand congressional investigators 3,000 political ads that it says were likely purchased by Russian entities during and after last year’s presidential contest. Jane Lanhee Lee reports.

(Facebook Handout, Reuters TV)- A tit for tat spat between U.S. President Donald Trump and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg playing out online Wednesday (September 27) as the social media giant prepares to hand congressional investigators over 3,000 political ads that it says were likely purchased by Russian entities during and after last year’s presidential contest.

Trump tweeting early Wednesday morning that Facebook was always anti-Trump. Hours later Zuckerberg posting on his Facebook page QUOTE: “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.”

Facebook, Twitter and Google officials have all been called in to testify publicly before the Senate Intelligence Committee on November 1st to address the Russian influence peddling issues.

Facebook, meanwhile, is facing mounting criticism that its platform was manipulated to influence the 20-16 election. And last week Zuckerberg in a Facebook live video vowed to increase the transparency of political ads. In his Wednesday post he also apologized for a comment he made soon after the elections that the idea misinformation on Facebook changed the outcome of the election was a crazy idea, but defended Facebook’s role.

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