Mark Zuckerberg has been downplaying the Facebook’s role in the US presidential election that ultimately won by Republican Donald Trump and the scrutiny of how fake news is spread on his social media platform has intensified.
Although the Facebook co-founder and CEO have denied on a lengthy post-Facebook’s role in the Trump presidency, an unofficial task force of Facebook employees has reportedly been created to battle fake news spreading on the social media platform, according to Buzzfeed.
“[Mark Zuckerberg] knows, and those of us at the company know, that fake news ran wild on our platform during the entire campaign season,” one member of that task force said to Buzzfeed, who withheld his name over fears of losing his job.
Earlier on Monday, Zuckerberg also denied claims that a tool to filter fake news had been created prior to the election, had to be shelved due to concerns it could make Facebook seem to be censoring conservative views.
The American young billionaire seems to be increasingly agitated by reports that fake news is a serious problem on his social media site and on Saturday night he posted an update on his Facebook page defending it.
“Of all the content on Facebook, more than 99% of what people see is authentic,” Zuckerberg wrote. “Only a very small amount is fake news and hoaxes. The hoaxes that do exist are not limited to one partisan view, or even in politics.”
“Overall, this makes it extremely unlikely hoaxes changed the outcome of this election in one direction or the other,” Zuckerberg concluded.
The statistic that Zuckerberg gave – 99% – has been the subject of contemptuous ridicule as it apparently refers to the content of any kind that is being posted on Facebook, according to BBC.
Last May, Facebook was heavily criticized after it was alleged that stories or articles that pushed a pro-Trump agenda or a conservative view was being removed by human editors working on the Trending Topics section of Facebook.
Facebook has since denied this was the case but removed the human editors anyway in an attempt to appear neutral.