Hi, Mark. Foggy here. You respond to a tweet with a tweet, but just this once I'll let you off with a warning.I want to respond to President Trump's tweet this morning claiming Facebook has always been against him.
Gosh, that's all kumbayah and Gaia of you, Mark. Here I thought you started a company to become a billionaire. But no, it's all about public service for ya, huh? It's all about bringing the world together, even if you get paid in rubles. That warms my cockles, I tells ya.Every day I work to bring people together and build a community for everyone. We hope to give all people a voice and create a platform for all ideas.
One side is lying, Mark. Have you managed to figure out yet which side is lying? Trump lies about EVERYTHING. He lies (seven times in two days) about a senator being in the hospital. Is there some reason you can't admit that Trump is LYING and the liberals are telling the truth? Hint: In this case, Trump is lying because you helped him. See how that works, Mark?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.
Umm, GOTV and voter registration are two separate things, Mark. I'm surprised you didn't know that. I've done both, and they involve very different activities. Maybe you could specify a little better. I agree Facebook had a big impact on the election.The facts suggest the greatest role Facebook played in the 2016 election was different from what most are saying:
- More people had a voice in this election than ever before. There were billions of interactions discussing the issues that may have never happened offline. Every topic was discussed, not just what the media covered.
- This was the first US election where the internet was a primary way candidates communicated. Every candidate had a Facebook page to communicate directly with tens of millions of followers every day.
- - Campaigns spent hundreds of millions advertising online to get their messages out even further. That's 1000x more than any problematic ads we've found.
- We ran "get out the vote" efforts that helped as many as 2 million people register to vote. To put that in perspective, that's bigger than the get out the vote efforts of the Trump and Clinton campaigns put together. That's a big deal.
Your "broader impact" ... "played a far bigger role". That's redundant, and stupid. To the extent it makes any sense, it supports, rather than contradicts, the idea that "Facebook changed the outcome of the election".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. 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.
Guess which "side" used Facebook to change the outcome of the election, Mark? Do you see that Facebook was used by bad people to reach a bad result in the election, and America is hurting as a result? Do you care about America, Mark, or do you just care about "all people"?
Fuck you, Mark. You're as responsible as Comey or Putin or Bannon or any of them for what happened to my country. President Obama warned you, based on reports from the biggest and most competent intelligence services on the planet, and you ignored him because you were loving all the rubles and dollars pouring in, so you didn't want to look at what was really poisoning your precious river of money. Fuck you with a stick, broseph.We will continue to work to build a community for all people. We will do our part to defend against nation states attempting to spread misinformation and subvert elections. We'll keep working to ensure the integrity of free and fair elections around the world, and to ensure our community is a platform for all ideas and force for good in democracy.