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Trump quotes Facebook executive who said Russia didn’t help him win election

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Unsurprisingly, this didn’t bode well for Facebook’s advertising vice president Rob Goldman.

President Donald Trump took to Twitter Saturday afternoon to insist, yet again, that Russia played no part in his 2016 electoral victory.

In his defense, Trump quoted Rob Goldman, Facebook’s vice president of advertising, who himself wrote, “I have seen all of the Russian ads and I can say very definitively that swaying the election was *NOT* the main goal.”

“The majority of the Russian ad spend happened AFTER the election,” Goldman elaborated.  “We shared that fact, but very few outlets have covered it because it doesn’t align with the main media narrative of Tump [sic] and the election.”

Goldman’s tweets come after special counsel Robert Mueller’s latest indictments on Friday found no evidence of collusion between Trump’s campaign and the Kremlin. But, as Politico notes, the indictment “did not touch on issues like the hacking of Democratic emails and meetings between Trump associates and Russians,” and “drew no conclusions about whether the Russian effort might have swayed any votes.”

After his initial tweets drew criticism (and a Trump retweet), Goldman issued a follow-up: “As to the substance: the Russian campaign was certainly in favor of Trump. The point is that the misinformation campaign is ongoing and must be addressed.”

As more facts surface, Facebook will have to hold itself accountable for its complicity in Russian interference with the election.

Bryan Rolli

Bryan Rolli

Bryan Rolli is a reporter who specializes in streaming entertainment. He writes about music and film for Forbes, Billboard, and the Austin American-Statesman. He met Flavor Flav in two separate Las Vegas bowling alleys and still can’t stop talking about it.