The CEO of the no. 1 social media platform in the world, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg has been accused of allegedly paving a way for the victory of Donald Trump in the just concluded US election. It was recorded that during the election period, millions of fake news was shared all around Facebook, and the Hilliary Clinton’s supporters believed that those news influenced most of the decisions people made in the course of Voting.
Mark , reacting to this news has this to says ”
If you’ve found yourself blaming social media for electing Donald Trump, you’re wrong.
Fake news stories went viral about both candidates — although there were far more lies about Hillary Clinton — and the platform seemed to do to little to filter out inaccurate content. Now, people are wondering how much impact that content had on the outcome of the presidential election.”
“Personally, I think the idea that fake news on Facebook — of which it’s a small amount of content — influenced the election in any way is a pretty crazy idea,” Zuckerberg said at the Techonomy conference Thursday.
But he didn’t just try to absolve Facebook — he encouraged anyone criticizing the company to do some soul searching of their own.
“I do think there is a profound lack of empathy in asserting that the only reason someone could’ve voted the way they did is fake news.”
So says Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who was emphatic that his company was not responsible for influencing people’s votes.
His comments demonstrated a bit of a misunderstanding about how people use social media. A recent Pew study found that 20% of users have “modified their stance on a social or political issue because of material they saw on social media.”
This election cycle, some of the top fake news stories were shared millions of times on Facebook.
Already, Facebook’s news feed creates filter bubbles — its technology learns the kind of content you like and shows you more of it, pushing opposing opinions lower in your feed or not showing them to you at all.
Zuckerberg said Facebook’s internal research suggests filter bubbles are not a problem, and that Facebook provides greater diversity of information than other media outlets. (Other research has suggested the opposite.)
Nearly two billion people use Facebook, and it’s in the unique position of controlling what information, news, events, and interests those people see.
Zuckerberg gave no indication that Facebook was doing a post mortem on its role in the election except to say that the platform is always changing and “it’s not fully formed, and we’ll keep improving it.”
SOURCE: CNN Money