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Zuck regrets calling idea fake news changed election “crazy”

Illustration: Greg Ruben / Axios

Mark Zuckerberg responded Wednesday to Trump's tweets that Facebook has always been "anti-Trump" by acknowledging he was wrong for saying the idea that fake news could change the outcome election was "crazy."

Be smart: Belated "regret" by Zuckerberg will do little to disarm Facebook's increasingly emboldened critics. But it sets the table for the inevitable future congressional testimony by Facebook executives.

  • "Trump says Facebook is against him. Liberals say we helped Trump. Both sides are upset about ideas and content they don't like. That's what running a platform for all ideas looks like."
  • "After the election, I made a comment that I thought the idea misinformation on Facebook changed the outcome of the election was a crazy idea. Calling that crazy was dismissive and I regret it. This is too important an issue to be dismissive."
  • "But the data we have has always shown that our broader impact -- from giving people a voice to enabling candidates to communicate directly to helping millions of people vote -- played a far bigger role in this election."