We are what we read, thus not exercising enough caution in taking in articles we browse through online, particularly in Facebook, could be poison to our thoughts, and could lead to dubious views and decisions. And Mark Zuckerberg has been working out a way to filter all these.
Mark Zuckerberg ‘s Facebook is the world’s biggest social media network, and it is also spewed with innumerable sites that toys with its algorithms to circulate hundreds and thousands of fake news each day.
There are unverified information shared through mimic sites, blogs and fake sites that are sensationalized and misleading, so much so that CBSNews say it may have been enough to sway the US 2016 Elections in favor of Donald Trump.
Facebook sending misleading datum on Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump online?
But Facebook ‘s CEO Mark Zuckerberg rejects the notion that it’s powerful enough to control the outcome of the elections.
“To think it influenced the election in any way is a pretty crazy idea,” Mark Zuckerberg said.
“Part of what I think is going on here is people are trying to understand the results of the election,” he also said in a report by Buzzfeed. “I think there is a certain profound lack of empathy in asserting that the only reason why someone could have voted the way they did is because they saw some fake news.”
This circulation of misleading information isn’t actually new, and has been around even way before Mark Zuckerberg ‘s Facebook.
“There have been hoaxes on the internet, there were hoaxes before,” Mark Zuckerberg added. “We do our best to make it so that people can report that, and as I said before, we can show people the most meaningful content we can.”
Many of these fake political sites originate from Macedonia, Buzzfeed suggests, and teenagers who don’t know anything much about Clinton or Donald Trump write its news. They do not care about Donald Trump but news about him pays the most, being a highly favored topic to Americans.
These “news” titles are click-baitish, highly sensationalized, and are being fed to credulous readers in Facebook for a penny-per-click.
“In Macedonia the economy is very weak and teenagers are not allowed to work, so we need to find creative ways to make some money. I’m a musician but I can’t afford music gear. Here in Macedonia the revenue from a small site is enough to afford many things.” A site owner told Buzzfeed on condition of anonymity.
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