Speaking at the Technomy conference in California, Zuckerberg said the “small amount” of fake news on the social media platform could not have influenced the election.
Zuckerberg said: “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.”
He claimed that even if mock-up news items were shared it was quite possible that both parties used the idea.
“Voters make decisions based on their lived experience. There is a profound lack of empathy in asserting that the only reason someone could have voted the way they did is because they saw fake news. If you believe that, then I don’t think you internalised the message that Trump voters are trying to send in this election,” he said.
Facebook comprises a multitude of users with different political leanings. He added: “Even if 90% of your friends are Democrats, probably 10 per cent are Republicans. Even if you live in some state or country you will know some people in another state, another country. That means that the information you are getting through the social system is going to be inherently more diverse than you would have gotten through news stations.”
After the outfit fired its humans in favour of an algorithm-to determine which stories are included in its Trending News box fake news on Facebook has become a problem for the social notworking site.
Facebook decided to create a new “review team” to deal with the issue. Twitter and Facebook announced in September that they would join a network of over 30 tech and news companies to help tackle fake news and improve the quality of information on their platforms.
Just before Election Day, President Barack Obama weighed in on the issue as well saying people are beginning to believe “outright lies” just because they see it on social media, adding that it “creates this dust cloud of nonsense.”