Zuckerberg shrugs allegations made against Facebook for influencing election results

CALIFORNIA, U.S. - Donald Trump’s infamous victory has become a hot topic of discussion not just in America, but across the world.  Incidentally, the shocking defeat of the ...


• Facebook CEO shrugs off any claims made against Facebook for influencing election results

• “Voters make decisions on lived experiences,” says Zuckerberg

• Zuckerberg echoes the sentiment that long-term progress is more important than any one election

CALIFORNIA, U.S. - Donald Trump’s infamous victory has become a hot topic of discussion not just in America, but across the world. 

Incidentally, the shocking defeat of the favourite, Hillary Clinton has forced many voters to cast blame on the circulation of fake news on Facebook that they allege has helped Trump win the elections. 

U.S. President Barack Obama had called out Facebook and claimed that anything on Facebook is influential and that people are affected by what is directly posted on social media. 

During the Techonomy’s 2016 conference in Half Moon Bay, Zuckerberg made a public statement that concerned the credibility of the social media website and it’s influence on people directly. 

"Personally, I think the idea that fake news on Facebook - it's a very small amount of the content - to think it influenced the election in any way is a pretty crazy idea," Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook said. 

He also quoted that "voters make decisions based on their lived experience," and continued to claim that "Part of what I think is going on here is people are trying to understand results of the election, but I do think that there is a certain profound lack of empathy in asserting that the only reason that some of them are voting the way they did is because they saw some fake news. I think that if you believe that, then I don't think you have internalised the message that Trump supporters are trying to send in this election." 

The idea of blowing up a very minor issue that has always been the drawback of social media platforms was highlighted. The credibility of social media platforms has always been skewered and scrutinising, a website on account of reflecting people’s ideas was considered unfair according to Zuckerberg. 

"The quickest way to I think refute the fact that this surely had no impact is why do you think there would be fake news on one side or the other. We know, we study this, we know that it's a very small volume of anything," he said, and further added, "There have been hoaxes on the internet, there were hoaxes before."

Several media organisations voiced their concerns about how Facebook did nothing to filter out fake posts and news and how it encouraged people to post whatever they wanted and get away with it regardless of the credibility of the news. 

Joshua Benton of Harvard’s Nieman Lab called Facebook "a sewer of misinformation," and wrote in a post published Wednesday, "Our democracy has a lot of problems, but there are few things that could impact it for the better more than Facebook starting to care, really care about the truthfulness of the news that its users share and take in."

 

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