Facebook CEO and Chairman Mark Zuckerberg said that a leader of Obama’s digital campaign team was not telling the truth when she claimed that Facebook was on the side of Obama in the 2008 election.
Rep. Steve Scalise asked, “Finally, there has been a lot of talk about Cambridge and what they’ve done in the last campaign. In 2008 and 2012 there was also a lot of this done. One of the lead digital heads of the Obama campaign said recently ‘Facebook was surprised we were able to suck out the whole social graph, but they didn’t stop us once they realized that was what we were doing.'”
“‘They came to office in the days following election recruiting and were very candid that they allowed us to do things they wouldn’t have allowed someone else to do because they were on our side’–now, that’s a direct quote from one of the heads of the Obama digital team. What would she mean by they–Facebook were on our side?”
“Congressman, we didn’t allow the Obama campaign to do anything that any developer on the platform wouldn’t have otherwise been able to do,” Zuckerberg said.
“So she was making an inaccurate statement in your point of view?”
“Yes,” he said.
The quote that Scalise was referring to is from Carol Davidse, a leader of Obama for America’s digital strategy. She said, “[Facebook] came to office in the days following election recruiting & were very candid that they allowed us to do things they wouldn’t have allowed someone else to do because they were on our side.”