You would be pardon for missing Donald Trump’s multiple retweets of Facebook executive Rob Goldman throughout the weekend. Possibly you were spending time with family, watching Black Panther or just trying to excuse politics for a moment by disregarding the manic flurry of social media updates from the leader of the free world.
But in between a flood of tweets that blamed Democrats for failing to protect DACA, called out the FBI over the latest school shooting in Florida on the FBI and affectionately referred to a member of congress as “Liddle’ Adam Schiff, the leakin’ monster of no control,” the President cited Facebook’s VP of Ads as proof against declaration that his campaign intrigued with Russia.
Trump tweeted over the weekend, “The Fake News Media never fails.” He also said, “Hard to ignore this fact from the Vice President of Facebook Ads, Rob Goldman!”
“I have seen all of the Russian ads and I can say very definitively that swaying the election was *NOT* the main goal.”Rob GoldmanVice President of Facebook Ads https://t.co/A5ft7cGJkE
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2018
Trump was looking for Goldman’s own Twitter dump over the last week, replying to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s recent indictment of 13 Russian citizens imposed with obstructing in the presidential election.
Goldman wrote, “Very excited to see the Mueller indictment today.” He also mentioned, “We shared Russian ads with Congress, Mueller and the American people to help the public understand how the Russians abused our system. Still, there are keys facts about the Russian actions that are still not well understood.”
Of course, Mueller’s findings have not perfectly cleared Facebook in all this. The site, along with its subsidiary Instagram, were stated by name 41 times in the indictment.
Goldman’s Twitter storm admits that the social media behemoth has definitely been a center of attraction of Russia’s misinformation campaign, but also states that, “The majority of the Russian ad spend happened AFTER the election. We shared that fact, but very few outlets have covered it because it doesn’t align with the main media narrative of Tump and the election.”
Trump cited the opening and rapidly cited it as proof of the “fake news” campaign to link his election to Russian meddling. While it is understandable that he would capture upon this sort of statement from a Facebook executive in an on-going effort to put these investigations behind him, among other things, the tweets do not address the influence that non-advertisement Facebook posts played in the election.
After all, Facebook previously said Congress that Russian-linked ads may have reached as many as 10 million users in the U.S., while the posts from Russian agents were trusted to have reached as many as 126 million Americans.
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