Despite news and analysis begging the contrary, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg claims that fake news stories widely disseminated on the social network during the presidential campaign had “no impact” on the election’s outcome. Hmm...
At the Techonomy Conference yesterday, Zuckerberg denied that Facebook had a pervasive role in shaping the electorate’s views, arguing that voters make decisions based off “lived experience,” and not social media.
To suggest bogus news items circulated on Facebook had an outsized effect on the election is “a pretty crazy idea,” he noted, arguing that certain fake stories -- like one implicating Hillary Clinton in the murder of an FBI agent investigating her emails, among others -- form a tiny portion of news shared on the platform.
On the contrary, Zuckerberg claimed that criticism of his company was misplaced, and that a miscalculation of Donald Trump’s appeal to large swaths of the American populace is what truly accounts for the election’s shocking result.