Trump Suggests Scrutiny of Facebook Political Ads Is Part of ‘Russia Hoax’

Donald Trump

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump weighed in on the latest scrutiny of Facebook and the extent to which Russian sources purchased political ads during the 2016 campaign, suggesting that the focus on the social media giant was part of “the Russia hoax.”

“The Russia hoax continues, and now it’s ads on Facebook,” he wrote. “What about the totally biased and dishonest media coverage in favor of Crooked Hillary?”

The company, though, is taking the scrutiny seriously.

On Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced significant changes to the way that the platform will handle political advertising, following calls from members of Congress to provide additional information on what it has learned about Russian attempts to influence the 2016 presidential campaign.

Facebook has said its own investigation has found that Russian-linked sources purchased 3,000 political ads from 2015 to 2016. It has shared those ads with special counsel Robert Mueller, and on Thursday, Zuckerberg said the Russian-linked ads would also be given to Congress. The company said the ads were not advocating for or against a specific candidate, but were oriented toward swaying opinion on divisive issues.

He also outlined a series of…

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