Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook could not have influenced the election outcome
During the Techonomy conference in Half Moon Bay, California, late Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg addressed the concerns that fake news related to the US presidential election proliferated on the social networking site, which did not do anything to stop it.
Against the backdrop of the spread of fake articles during the election and the growing criticism of Facebook's increasing power to wave public opinion, Zuckerberg said that the social network could not have influenced the election outcome in any way.
Asserting that support for president-elect Donald Trump was apparently underestimated by the people, Zuckerberg said: "Personally, I believe the idea that fake news on Facebook could have influenced the election, of which there is a very small amount, is a crazy idea."
Zuckerberg also said alongside that more efforts can always be taken by Facebook to bring about an improvement in the quality of the News Feed experience.
Zuckerberg's denial that the election outcome was impacted by Facebook News Feed bubble came close on the heels of a statement by the company early Thursday that it was taking the problem of the spread of fake news during the elections "very seriously." The company also vowed that it would wipe out misinformation in people's News Feed and in trending topics.