Trump on Russian Facebook Ads: 'Hoax'

President weighs in on the issue for the first time
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 22, 2017 11:54 AM CDT
PresidentTrump speaks at a meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the Palace Hotel during the United Nations General Assembly, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, in New York.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – Facebook announced Thursday it will hand over more than 3,000 ads purchased by Russian accounts during the 2016 election so that Congress can review them as part of the probe into Russian interference. President Trump thinks it's a waste of time. "The Russia hoax continues, now it's ads on Facebook," Trump tweeted Friday. "What about the totally biased and dishonest Media coverage in favor of Crooked Hillary?" He continued, "The greatest influence over our election was the Fake News Media 'screaming' for Crooked Hillary Clinton. Next, she was a bad candidate!"

CNBC reports it's the first time Trump has expressed an opinion on the Russian ads issue, though the president has used the word "hoax" to describe the idea of Russian interference in the election at least once a month since March, CNN notes. In turning over the ads, Facebook says they appeared to "focus on amplifying divisive social and political messages." The Guardian reports that in a Facebook Live video Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg said he doesn't "want anyone to use our tools to undermine democracy." (Read more President Trump stories.)

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