Mark Zuckerberg To Clamp Down Heavily on Fake News On Facebook

by CXOtoday News Desk    Nov 21, 2016

Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg just got a call from the United States Presidency, (proverbially, of course), with regards to spreading fake news favoring Donald Trump, which in turn did not go well with President Barack Obama.

With regards to this very problem, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook said, “We know people want accurate information. We’ve been working on this problem for a long time and we take this responsibility seriously.” 

Zuckerberg has also mentioned that “relied on our community to help us understand what is fake and what is not”, this also announcing a tool which will help report false links and shared reports, to verify facts and figures mentioned in them.

President Obama, may not have pinpointed Facebook, but did mention the social network in reference to the need to keep a close check on spreading of false information and news items. He said, ” In an age where there’s so much active misinformation and it’s packaged very well and it looks the same when you see it on a Facebook page or you turn on your television.” 

He then added, “If everything seems to be the same and no distinctions are made, then we won’t know what to protect.” Also, critics have been heavy with their criticism about Facebook, where they allege that the social network spread fake news and information, though Mark Zuckerberg has himself gone on record to deny the same.

President Barack Obama had originally said to the New York Editor, David Remnick, “The capacity to disseminate misinformation, wild conspiracy theories, to paint the opposition in wildly negative light without any rebuttal, that has accelerated in ways that much more sharply polarise the electorate and make it very difficult to have a common conversation.”

However, Zuckerberg has taken initial steps by firing the entire human news curating team, and will perhaps be using a news algorithm in the future. With regards to the current problem, he said “complex, both technically and philosophically” and said the company erred “on the side of letting people share what they want whenever possible,” with regards to this issue.