>> A tit for tat spat between US President Donald Trump and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, playing out online Wednesday, as the social media giant prepares to hand Congressional investigators over 3,000 political ads that it says were likely purchased by Russian entities during and after last year's presidential contest.
Trump tweeting early Wednesday morning that Facebook was always anti Trump. Hours later, Zuckerberg posting on his Facebook page, quote, 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.
Reuters Global Tech Editor, Jonathan Weber.>> I don't think that the direct comments from Trump are actually the real issue for Facebook. What's much more difficult for them, is this now big drum beat going on in Washington, and they're gonna be hauled before Congress and they're gonna have to testify.
And this whole issue of what the Russian operatives did and what people associated with them did on social media. And what they're still doing, in some cases. That's an issue that is not going to go away any time soon, so that's a big negative for Facebook cuz there's gonna be a drip, drip of negative publicity around those issues.
>> Facebook, Twitter and Google officials have all been called in to testify publicly before the Senate Intelligence Committee on November 1st to address the Russian influence peddling issues. Facebook, meanwhile, is facing mounting criticism that it's platform was manipulated to influence the 2016 election. And last week, Zuckerberg, in a Facebook live video, vowed to increase the transparency of political ads.
In his Wednesday post, he also apologized for a comment he made soon after the elections, that the idea misinformation on Facebook changed the outcome of the election, was a crazy idea, but defended Facebook's role.