After Donald Trump’s surprising victory in the US Presidential Elections, Facebook has been accused of churning out incorrect, trimmed or bogus data. And, it is about time that Mark Zuckerberg- CEO Facebook- comes clean about it.
In a post published on Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg stated;
“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.”
Facebook CEO also stated that the atmosphere that had been created due to rumors that the social media platform promoted fake news and articles during the election regime was a “pretty crazy” idea.
“This is an area where I believe we must proceed very carefully though. Identifying the “truth” is complicated. While some hoaxes can be completely debunked, a greater amount of content, including from mainstream sources, often gets the basic idea right but some details wrong or omitted. An even greater volume of stories express an opinion that many will disagree with and flag as incorrect even when factual. I am confident we can find ways for our community to tell us what content is most meaningful, but I believe we must be extremely cautious about becoming arbiters of truth ourselves.”
Facebook is trying very hard to make its name clear from all the allegations surrounding the political communications and extremist views.