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The president is accusing Facebook of being “anti-Trump”

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President Donald Trump charged on Wednesday that Facebook was “always” opposed to him, suggesting it is part of a network of “collusion” along with national newspapers and cable news networks that have covered his White House critically.

Trump did not elaborate much on his comments, but his accusation — as always, communicated by tweet — comes at a time when Facebook is the target of scrutiny by congressional and federal investigators, who are probing Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Earlier this month, Facebook acknowledged that Russian agents purchased 3,000 ads in the lead-up to the 2016 election. Some of those ads sought to stoke political unrest, sources have confirmed to Recode, taking both sides of controversial issues around race and religion. Trump, however, has described the reports as a “hoax.”

Even before the Russia investigation ensnared Facebook, however, the social giant had a rocky relationship with Trump. During the 2016 presidential campaign, for example, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took a subtle shot at the GOP candidate over his support for building a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border.

Since then, Zuckerberg and other top Facebook executives have criticized the president repeatedly for his approach to issues like immigration. That includes Trump’s decision to end DACA, a program that protects children brought to the United States from being deported.


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