No fake news on facebook influenced election results, says Zuckerberg
Battle between the two strong candidates, Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump to claim the position of the ‘First Man/Woman of the United States of America is finally over with Donald Trump’s memorable victory.
Although, many factors influenced this triumph for Trump but the major being noticed are the Facebook posts spreading fake rumours for both the candidates, majorly for Clinton.
Trump’s victory came as a shock to many as most were expecting Hilary to win the elections. Many blamed the social media platforms for influencing people against voting for Hilary and in favour of Trump and Facebook having the maximum users of all was blamed the most.
When Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook was informed of the accusations implied towards Facebook authorities for not having appropriate filters to tackle fake news by Hilary Clinton’s supporters, he called the entire idea just ‘crazy’ and requested for them to try and understand results.
Mark added saying, “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.”
He also recommended for those who are accusing the company for the results to do some ‘soul searching’ themselves first.
Zuckerberg countered by saying that supporters of both the parties were equally spreading rumours about the other, so there is no point in believing they helped only one party and not the other. He also added that the amount of such content is very little and couldn’t have brought a major change to the final results.
The reason for such accusations towards Facebook is a recent study which recommended that almost 20% of social media users have changed their recent attitude towards social and political issues after what they saw on their Social Media Websites.