Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday acknowledged to employees that Joe Biden would be the next president of the United States, a company spokesman confirmed to CNBC.
According to Buzzfeed News, Zuckerberg said at a company meeting, “I believe the outcome of the election is now clear and Joe Biden is going to be our next president.”
“It’s important that people believe the election was fundamentally fair, and the same goes for the millions who voted for Trump.”
Zuckerberg’s remarks are his first identification to the incoming Biden administration, even as President Donald Trump claimed, without presenting any evidence, that widespread voting was fraud.
The comments come as Facebook has become the subject of criticism from several Biden campaign staffers, who have complained about dealing with electoral advertisements on Facebook and misleading democracy.
Despite those criticisms, employees at Facebook told CNBC that the sentiment inside the company was mostly relieved as the company got through the 2020 US election without any claims of foreign interference or wanton misinformation.
While Facebook was blamed for the election results in 2016, this time Facebook provided users with official information about the US election, posting notifications to users at the top of their Facebook and Instagram apps.
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In his remarks to employees, Zuckerberg also said that Trump’s former advisor, Steve Bannon, did not violate Facebook’s policies enough to be suspended by the company, according to a Reuters report on Thursday. Facebook also confirmed these comments.
Bannon recently alleged that FBI director Christopher Ray and prominent government infectious-pathologist Dr. Anthony Fauci should be beheaded and his chiefs should be placed on bikes outside the White House.
However, Facebook on Monday removed a network of pages tied to Bannon for using tricks to expand its reach.