A message from Donald Trump’s former chief technology officer was not directed at any of the more than 100 million Facebook users who were asked to share “baby congratulations” messages, as the social network promised to do this week.
Instead, a message posted on the company’s homepage was a “loud and clear message of support and encouragement for all Americans,” a message from Matt Cutts said in a blog post Thursday.
It comes just days after Facebook, which has about 7 billion users around the world, posted an ad campaign to help its users “get the word out” about the ban on “hate speech.”
The ad, which ran on Thursday, urged users to tell friends and family of the ban and to “send an emoji of a smiley face emoji” to encourage others to share.
The ad also includes an image of a smiling Trump and a note that says, “This message is aimed at those who may be affected by this announcement.
Please use this as a tool to spread the word and get the word to everyone you know.”
Trump, who has repeatedly criticized the decision to ban the term “hate” on Facebook, tweeted about the ad on Thursday morning.
I am deeply disappointed that the new Facebook ad is not more effective in promoting positive change.
I would suggest using this campaign to get the words out.
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 10, 2021While the campaign has been widely criticized, Facebook has defended the campaign, saying it is meant to educate people and that it was not meant to discriminate against groups.
It is a safe space where anyone can express their views and share their thoughts without fear of being banned or removed.
– Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, in a statement to The Wall Street Journal, wrote Thursday.
“If you are one of those who have been impacted by this, we ask you to share your story and share your thoughts in our public space.”
Trump has repeatedly expressed skepticism about Facebook’s intentions.
Last month, he tweeted that Facebook has “total control over who sees what,” a claim the social media company denied.