Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has reportedly called the 2020 U.S. presidential election for Democrat Joe Biden, calming the minds of employees while engaging in the kind of interference his platform claims to fight.
Apparently ignoring Facebook’s public image as a staunch opponent of electoral interference by entities not legitimately involved in the political process, Zuckerberg plunged into the fray at a town hall Thursday across the country. company, according to an audio of the meeting first obtained by Buzzfeed and later confirmed by CNBC.
“I think the election result is now clear and Joe Biden will be our next president,” Zuckerberg reportedly told the assembled crowd. “It is important that people have confidence that the election was fundamentally fair, and that goes for the tens of millions of people who voted for Trump.”
The billionaire has made no public statement regarding the election result – which remains contested by outgoing President Donald Trump and his administration as several states face lawsuits and accounts – although his wife Priscilla Chan and the Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg congratulated Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. However, Zuckerberg reportedly complained about Trump’s refusal to lie down and accept defeat, even trying to push back on suggestions that the president could still take an eleventh-hour victory out of his hat during mayoralty.
“I think it’s not very helpful that people raise expectations that there will be a different outcome than what was projected,” he lamented, echoing the narrative that emanated from the media establishment over the past week, even as it acknowledged that “narratives and court challenges” are “Trump campaign law and something you see in a lot of elections,” but that Trump’s insistence on sharing what he viewed as disinformation was “a challenge.”
Zuckerberg admitted that Biden and his employees “don’t like [him] and Facebook, ”but praised the social media giant’s fact-checking partners for“ debunking ”more false statements on polling day than at any other date since 2016. Half of US Facebook users have seen “reliable voting information” at least 13 times during their visits to the platform, he said.
While the overwhelming majority of Facebook employees who donated to a political candidate during the 2020 election season – 91.68% – gave to Biden, not all workers agreed with Zuckerberg’s declaration of victory. . According to Buzzfeed, a “small number of employees” disputed that their overlord called Biden a “president-elect,” and at least one denounced the election as unfair, echoing a claim that the Trump campaign had reported that dead people voted.
Buzzfeed and several of his ideological compatriots were angry at Zuckerberg’s apparent refusal to deform former Trump strategist Steve Bannon, whose video calling out Covid-19 Czar Anthony Fauci and FBI Chief Chris Wray has been removed from Facebook, Twitter and YouTube last week. While Twitter and YouTube both kicked Bannon off their platforms, Zuckerberg declined to do so, arguing that the expert’s rant “came close” but “didn’t cross the line” that he would have climbed.
“While the infractions here, I think, came close to crossing that line, they clearly didn’t cross that line,” Zuckerberg told reluctant employees at Thursday’s meeting, explaining “we have strict rules on how many of times you must violate certain policies before we will disable you. “
Biden, for his part, has in the past called Facebook a “real problem”, while his collaborator Bill Russo accused the social media giant of “shredding the fabric of our democracy in the days following the vote of the last week.
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