WIRED reports that Rob Goldman, Facebook's vice president of advertising, has backtracked on recent comments he made relating to Robert Mueller's indictment of 13 Russian operatives for interfering in the 2016 USA election via social media.
President Donald Trump took aim at his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, in a Wednesday morning tweet, as the president continued to rail against the federal probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. As recently as Tuesday Trump was calling Russian interference in the election that landed him in the White House "fake news".
It may be months before Americans learn whether special counsel Robert Mueller will validate or reject allegations that Trump's 2016 campaign colluded with Moscow's election meddling operation. But the results of Mueller's investigation so far are painting a far different portrait of Russia's involvement in the election than the narrative peddled now for more than a year by the Democratic establishment.
"There should be no doubt that Russia perceives that its past efforts as successful and views the 2018 U.S. midterm elections as a potential target for Russian influence operations".
While Trump and even some Democrats have criticized the Obama administration as not speaking up enough on Russia's actions before the election, Obama did take some steps to reprimand the country.
In another missive, Trump claimed without details: "I have been much tougher on Russian Federation than Obama, just look at the facts. So why didn't he do something about Russian meddling?"
Facebook Vice President-Ads Rob Goldman posted an internal company message apologizing for a series of tweets he made Friday characterizing Russia's use of ads on Facebook as a big nothingburger.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office announced Friday that a Washington D.C. federal grand jury had returned an indictment against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities, who were accused of violating us criminal laws as part of an effort to interfere with USA elections.