When Facebook wants to clear things up, it turns to ... Twitter

Brad Parscale, the Trump campaign’s digital director
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Facebook generated more than $40 billion in revenue last year. Twitter did $2.4 billion. Investors think Facebook is worth $527 billion. They value Twitter at $23 billion.

Facebook used to care about competing with Twitter. It stopped worrying about that a long time ago.

But Facebook can’t ignore what happens on Twitter.

Which is why there’s an email in my inbox from Facebook’s PR firm, telling me that a Facebook executive has sent out a series of tweets in response to a tweet from one of Donald Trump’s campaign officials, which had been retweeted by Hillary Clinton, and which was originally made in response to a tweet from a journalist.

Got it? Didn’t think so.

Here we go:

Whew! We will leave it there for now, although Facebook certainly isn’t done defending itself. And as weird as this may have seemed a few years ago, I doubt that it is done using Twitter to defend itself in debates that start on Twitter.

This article originally appeared on Recode.net.

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