Trump insists Facebook was actually against him all along

As congressional investigators pursue evidence that Russia used Facebook ads and fake user content to influence last year’s election, President Trump struck back Wednesday morning with a tweet asserting — on no apparent evidence — that the social media company was part of a media cabal against him.

He accompanied the charge with his familiar claim that “the people were pro-Trump,” overlooking the fact that millions more Americans voted for his opponent, and repeated his boast about his accomplishments in office, on the day after his signature campaign promise to repeal Obamacare died, again, in the Senate.

Trump’s reference to the New York Times having “apologized” for its coverage presumably alludes to a letter from the publisher and executive editor to their readers in the aftermath of Trump’s upset over Clinton last November. In the Nov. 13 letter, they questioned whether Trump’s “sheer unconventionality” led them — and other media outlets — to underestimate his support among American voters. They also expressed a desire to “rededicate” their newsroom to the paper’s fundamental mission: “To report America and the world honestly, without fear or favor, striving always to understand and reflect all political perspectives and life experiences in the stories that we bring to you.” The right-wing blogosphere and Trump chose to interpret this as a tacit admission of bias.

Facebook does not run editorials or commission its own articles, although its proprietary algorithms play a role in determining what content users will see. A former Facebook employee claimed last year that the designation of certain topics as “trending” was manipulated to downplay conservative opinion, but that allegation has not been substantiated.

Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO and co-founder of Facebook, responded Wednesday evening to Trump’s accusation with a lengthy Facebook post, writing that he wants the social media network to be a platform for all ideas where everyone has a voice.

“Trump says Facebook is against him. Liberals say we helped Trump. Both…

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