Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Friday said “no” to President Donald Trump’s request that Facebook cooperate with investigations into Russia’s election interference.
In a post on the company’s website, Zuckerberg said Facebook would not allow a subpoena issued by the House of Representatives to force the social network to hand over the private communications of Trump and his associates.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg said that it was inappropriate for a presidential administration to ask us to assist with investigations and to ask that we give private information without our consent.
We will not be making any additional statements about our role in this situation.
Trump, who has denied any collusion with Russia, asked Facebook last month to hand the communications of his former national security adviser Michael Flynn over to the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the election.
Facebook said it would comply with the subpoena, which is being conducted by the Senate intelligence committee.
The company said the information in the request would be made available to the House committee, which launched an investigation into Russia last month.
But the company said it “strongly objects” to Trump’s demand.
“No American, including us, should be subject to the type of pressure from the White House to break our rules, which are designed to protect us and keep the public safe,” Zuckerberg said.
Zuckerburg said Facebook “will not give any information about our users, our advertisers, our data, or any other content to the White Houses investigation.”
He added that the company was cooperating with the investigation.
“We’re working around the clock to provide as much information as we can about the Russian effort to influence our election,” Zuckerberg added.