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.
I blame Facebook for having no fact-checking and allowing propaganda to spread in a viral way.— Akilah Hughes (@AkilahObviously) November 9, 2016
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."
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."
Don't blame Facebook for your own stupidity. If you don't check your sources it's your own fault America!— Luke Robert Mason (@LukeRobertMason) November 11, 2016
"If you don't check your sources it's your own fault America!"
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