Facebook has come under fire for allowing the publication of false articles – which many are saying altered the result of the 2016 Presidential Election.
In his viral post-election episode, John Oliver did a whole segment about fake news sites posting false information to Facebook. The dispersal of that news, John alleged, could have altered how people voted for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.
Mark Zuckerberg took to Facebook to address the concerns.
“Of all the content on Facebook, more than 99% of what people see is authentic. Only a very small amount is fake news and hoaxes. The hoaxes that do exist are not limited to one partisan view, or even to politics. Overall, this makes it extremely unlikely hoaxes changed the outcome of this election in one direction or the other,” Mark wrote.
“That said, we don’t want any hoaxes on Facebook. Our goal is to show people the content they will find most meaningful, and people want accurate news. We have already launched work enabling our community to flag hoaxes and fake news, and there is more we can do here. We have made progress, and we will continue to work on this to improve further,” he added. Read his whole update below…