Clinton Continues to Blame Others for 2016 Loss

Says Mark Zuckerberg 'should pay a price'

Hillary Clinton/ Youtube Screenshot
November 4, 2019

Two-time failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Friday continued to blame others for her 2016 loss, this time faulting Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Clinton targeted the tech giant while speaking at a screening of The Great Hack, a documentary about the Cambridge Analytica scandal. She said Zuckerberg "should pay a price" for the damage she believes Facebook is doing to U.S. elections, according to the Guardian. As speculation rises about Clinton potentially jumping into the 2020 Democratic primary, she said false information on Facebook will continue to impact elections "because propaganda works."

"It's only going to be more powerful going forward because it is more well tested. They know what they were successful at," Clinton said. "We are getting warning signals all the time about what is happening right now and how it is likely to affect our next election."

Clinton went on to say Cambridge Analytica, which illegally obtained Facebook profiles to target voters, was the "tip of the iceberg."

"When Facebook is the principal news source for more than half of the American people, and the only source of news that most of them pay any attention to, and if it announces that it has no responsibility for the airing of false ads … how are you supposed to get accurate information about anything, let alone candidates running for office?" Clinton said.

During the screening Clinton was asked whether she believed Zuckerberg's closed-door meeting with Donald Trump led Facebook to change company policy on fact-checking "false, deceptive or deliberately misleading content" by politicians. She replied that she couldn't "draw any conclusions about closed-door meetings, not only with Trump but with Tucker Carlson and with Breitbart and with many others that have been going on at Facebook quarters," according to the Guardian.

"If I were of a conspiratorial mindset, I might suggest that there seems to be some connection," she added.

Clinton has used her speaking events and book tour to shift blame for her 2016 loss away from herself to other factors. She has taken aim at social media, Russia, then-FBI director James Comey, and low-information voters, among others.