This lines up with recent statements made by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on how he did not believe that the propagation of wildly inaccurate news items on Facebook had any effect on the election: "Personally I think the idea that fake news on Facebook, which is a very small amount of the content, influenced the election in any way-I think is a pretty insane idea".
In May, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met with right-wing media personalities over concerns that "many conservatives don't trust that [Facebook] surfaces content without a political bias".
In fact, Zuckerberg believes it was "extremely unlikely hoaxes changed the outcome of this election in one direction or the other". Facebook then made an update to News Feed which favored stories from a user's friends and family instead of spam and clickbait headlines. He said he "cares deeply" about the fake news problem and wants to get it right.
Donald Trump outsmarted Hillary Clinton when it comes to earned media. It's possible that that the unreleased version is what Gizmodo is referring to as the shelved update.
That announcement followed reports that Google's top-ranking news result for the term "final election result" highlighted a story from a fake news site with inaccurate information on the vote tally.
"I am confident we can find ways for our community to tell us what content is most meaningful, but I believe we must be extremely cautious about becoming arbiters of truth ourselves".
Facebook did not immediately respond to an AFP query on the report.
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A Chrome plug-in that labels fake news obviously isn't the total solution for Facebook to police itself. For many, fake news stories on Facebook have become the scapegoat for Trump's victory.
Facebook was quick to dispute the report.
Facebook has said it uses an algorithm, not human beings, to choose its "trending news". Considering how many states' electoral votes hinged on less than one percent of votes swinging one way or another, the marginal influence of fake news isn't something to dismiss.
The site's News Feed is specifically designed to show users content it thinks will be of most interest, creating what some describe as a "filter bubble" that reinforces a person's view without injecting differences in opinion. We think the world's information infrastructure should resemble the social graph - a network built from the bottom up or peer-to-peer, rather than the monolithic, top-down structure that has existed to date.
However, one source told Gizmodo the company decided against rolling out an update that would have nixed fake news sources from users' News Feeds out of fear of upsetting conservatives again following the Trending Topics controversy.
Facebook has faced a number of content controversies this year, including worldwide outcry after it removed an iconic Vietnam War photo due to nudity, a decision that was later reversed. He said he takes such questions seriously and that Facebook has a responsibility to try to prevent fake stories from spreading. The election is a wakeup call, he writes, urging social media sites to figure out a better way to optimize themselves toward truth ― instead of shares.
"We don't want any hoaxes on Facebook", Zuckerberg wrote.