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FILE - In this Saturday, March 19, 2016, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a panel discussion held as part of the China Development Forum at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing. Zuckerberg briefly found his Twitter account hijacked, as were at least two of his other social media accounts. Zuckerberg's Facebook account and password were not compromised, the company said in a statement; his account on Facebook-owned Instagram was also unaffected. Facebook Inc. said Monday, June 6, 2016, that none of the company's systems or accounts were accessed and that Zuckerberg's affected accounts have since been re-secured. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

Zuckerberg said the idea that fake Facebook news swayed the election is 'pretty crazy'


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that fake news spreading on his social network didn't change the election.

"To think it influenced the election in any way is a pretty crazy idea," he said Thursday evening during the Techonomy conference in Half Moon Bay, California, a coastal town near Silicon Valley.

He said people underestimated support for Donald Trump. Even though Facebook plans to fix its fake stories problem, he insists is not to blame for election results.

People have heavily criticized Facebook for sharing fake news this election.

How much is Facebook to blame?

Some think Facebook is 100% to blame.

A November 9 New York  magazine headline read: "Donald Trump Won Because of Facebook."

Facebook enabled a Trump victory, because of "its inability (or refusal) to address the problem of hoax or fake news," wrote Max Read.

"Facebook’s labyrinthine sharing and privacy settings mean that fact-checks get lost in the shuffle."

Supporters of Right Wing Movement protest against events, groups and profiles blocked by Facebook in front of the Facebook Office in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. Facebook recently blocked the profiles of far-right nationalist groups ahead of nationalist demonstrations on Independence Day next Friday, Nov. 11, when extremist groups often clash with police. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

In this Nov. 5 photo, Right Wing Movement supporters protest in front of Facebook's Poland office. Facebook recently blocked the profiles of far-right nationalist groups ahead of nationalist demonstrations this week.

Facebook's fake news problem

Nearly half of Americans get their news from Facebook, according to the Pew Research Center.

That said, Facebook says it takes the fake news problem "very seriously," and pledged it would root out misinformation in people's feeds.

“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,” said Zuckerberg.

"Facebook needs an editor."

"If you don't check your sources it's your own fault America!"

Is Facebook to blame?

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