Idea of Facebook influence on election is 'crazy,' Zuckerberg says


People are of the view that the fake news circulation on the platform helped change voters' outlook and resulted in Trump's win.

"People vote based on their lived experiences", Zuckerberg said.

Mark Zuckerberg has dismissed the notion that fake news on Facebook influenced Donald Trump's victory in the U.S. election. "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", said Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg demurred, suggesting he'd return to that question after he'd finished his thought.

He added that if fake news were shared, it was likely that both candidates adopted this strategy.

To get near, Facebook is creating efforts to include humans more profoundly in the creation of the ranking algorithms the corporation uses for content. News Feed now has a human eminence panel that is used to enhance in rankings. There, too, Zuckerberg found the criticism misplaced. He said their research shows the "filter bubble" of Facebook is not really a problem. And people, if they just repeat attacks enough and outright lies over and over again, as long as it's on Facebook, and people can see it, as long as its on social media, people start believing it.

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Speaking on stage at Techonomy, a technology conference in California, Zuckerberg said Facebook should not be held responsible. Social media researcher and writer Zeynep Tufecki rebutted it in some depth here. He noted at that time that, "We are all blessed to have the ability to make the world better, and we have the responsibility to do it", but didn't elaborate on what that meant specifically for him and his company.

Thus, the argument is that services like Facebook are enabling the viral spread of these faux news articles, and some are asking whether it may have had a significant effect on the election's outcome.

Fake stories were also appearing in the website's "Trending Topics" section, and it worsened once the company fired its human selectors in favour of the algorithms.

When asked about checks and balances needed to keep a company like Facebook in line, Zuckerberg said it was about "listening to what people want".