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Zuckerberg: “The influence of fake news on Trump’s election victory is nonsense”

On November 10, the founder of the Facebook social network Mark Zuckerberg, speaking at the Technonomy conference, commented on allegations that the frequent occurrence of fictitious news in the news feeds of users strongly influenced Trump’s victory in the US presidential election. According to Zuckerberg, this opinion is “rather delusional”. This is reported by the publication of the Wall Street Journal.

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At a conference held at Half Moon Bay two days after the election, the founder of Facebook gave an interview to David Kirkpatrick. The main topic of discussion was discussing the company’s influence on the outcome of the vote and the problem of distributing fictitious news in favor of Donald Trump in the news feeds of users.

Zuckerberg said that the Americans made a decision based on their own preferences, and not under the influence of fakes.

I think that the fake news on Facebook, which is a very small percentage of all content, could affect the elections – it’s a rather crazy idea. Voters made the decision based on their life experience.

Mark Zuckerberg, head of Facebook

Zuckerberg noted that the criticism of the company – first of all one of attempts to somehow get used to Trump’s victory in the elections. However, in his opinion, the main problem is not on Facebook, but that the losing side underestimated the supporters of Trump and still can not accept the fact that most people really wanted to see him president.

People are trying to understand the results of the elections. I think there is a complete lack of empathy in this: people argue that the only reason why some voted that way is the fake news that they saw.

Mark Zuckerberg, head of Facebook

He added that the rallies and fakes are not some absolutely new phenomenon brought by the social network, but exist on the Internet for a long time.

The journalist also asked what Zuckerberg thinks about Facebook’s “Bubble Filter”. Many complained that because of the algorithmic news tape, Clinton supporters saw only Clinton supporters’ notes, and Trump supporters only posts in support of Trump.

However, Zuckerberg replied that compared to “information in your newspaper or TV station 20 years ago,” they are on the contrary trying to present users with different points of view. However, they simply do not read materials and opinions that differ from their judgments.

I think you would be surprised how many things are not suitable for our worldview, we just ignore. I do not know what to do about it.

Mark Zuckerberg, head of Facebook

In his defense, Zuckerberg cited the study, according to which, with the included algorithmic news line, liberals and conservatives only see 1% fewer posts with the opposite point of view than without tape settings.

However, not everyone agrees with such results. The Wall Street Journal in May 2016 introduced an interactive schedule of how the ribbon changes on Facebook, unlike the political preferences of the user. It turned out that supporters of different parties are offered completely different news.

Graph of the Wall Street Journal about the differences in the newsline depending on political preferences
Graph of the Wall Street Journal about the differences in the newsline depending on political preferences
After the election, columnist The Next Web Matthew Hughes said that it was because of social networks that everyone was confident in the victory of Hillary Clinton, and personally he thanks to Facebook does not know any of the 58 million people who voted for Donald Trump. Hughes in his material recognizes that not least people create “filter bubbles”. However, in his opinion, Facebook only encourages and aggravates this process.

Zuckerberg ‘s comments were criticized by deputy head of the technology department of Mashable Damon Beres (Damon Beres), who on November 10 said that Facebook must fight the spread of fakes.

The journalist noted that unlike the founder of the social network, others approach this problem more seriously. For example, Facebook Vice President Adam Mosseri (Adam Mosseri) announced that the company will fight the spread of disinformation. In this case, as Beres notes, this is the fourth such promise in two years.

The journalist led a study of the analytical company Pew Research Center, which states that 20% of Americans have changed their views about political or social problems based on what they see on social networks.

Recently, Facebook is constantly being criticized because of the algorithmic tape and the spread of fake news. In this regard , even Barack Obama, who said that the invented news in Facebook, “let people in the dust.”

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