Washington, Feb 18: To dismiss claims of Russian collusion with Dold Trump’s campaign, the US President has leaned on a tweet by a top Facebook executive who said the main intent of the alleged Russian meddling was to divide America, not electing Trump.
“The main goal of the Russian propaganda and misinformation effort is to divide America by using our institutions, like free speech and social media, against us. It has stoked fear and hatred amongst [sic] Americans,” Rob Goldman, Vice President of Ads at Facebook tweeted on Friday.
He also applauded special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation of Russian trolls on social media during the 2016 US presidential election.
“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 rrative of Tump and the election,” Goldman said in another tweet. It did not miss the attention of the Twitter-savvy president who stated that Goldman’s thread supports his argument that there was “no collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russia-linked meddling on social media.
“The Fake News Media never fails. Hard to ignore this fact from the Vice President of Facebook Ads, Rob Goldman!” Trump said in a tweet on Saturday. Mueller’s 37-page indictment, released on Friday, revealed the depth of Russian involvement in the US political process.
Mueller has indicted 13 Russian tiols and three Russian entities for allegedly meddling in the 2016 presidential election, charging them with conspiracy to defraud Washington, according to the Department of Justice. (IANS)