Quick to paint a picture of influencing the divisive U.S. elections, accusations emerged on social media platforms and news outlets depicting fake news as deliberately misleading the electorate, prompting Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to announce new measures to combat the phenomenon.
Honestly, people are definitely dumber. But Trump supporters-they just keep running with it! But, speaking to the Post, he was frank in his admission that he never believed that Trump would be elected and that, accordingly, he could be as outlandish as possible without considering the consequences.
Back in 2013, Zuckerberg said he wanted Facebook to be people's "own personal newspaper", one that delivers the stories most interesting and important to them. "You never really see sponsored posts from fake news sites on Facebook".
Mashable reports that this Chrome extension was made by Daniel Sieradski who said that he built the tool in about an hour after having read Mark Zuckerberg's "BS about not being able to flag fake news sites".
"My sites were picked up by Trump supporters all the time", Horner continued.
Zimdars says it's always best to read multiple sources of information to get variety of viewpoints and media frames.
People update to Facebook so frequently that the company has no choice but to filter what everyone sees in their news feeds - the main artery through which users see posts from their friends, family, businesses, news sources and celebrities they follow. His campaign manager posted my story about a protester getting paid $US3500 as fact. Red State has linked to pieces from Reason on multiple occasions, and years ago I wrote a guest commentary for Breitbart attempting to make a conservative case to support gay marriage recognition.
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Executives at both companies said this week that they are working on the problem of fake news, and already have measures in place to cut off the flow of advertising dollars to fake-news sites. We trust they know what they are doing, that they have truly gathered the facts as presented. For Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, the number of false fact-checked statements were 26 percent. Well-known fake news writer Paul Horner doesn't think so.
Fake news about politics outperformed real news on Facebook in the final months leading up to Election Day, according to an analysis by BuzzFeed News.
On the other hand, the company's employees are reportedly not happy with the lack of any action against such stories.
Last week, Zuckerberg called the idea that voters might have been influenced by what they saw on Facebook - fake, uber-partisan stories, such as a false one about Pope Francis endorsing Donald Trump for president - "pretty insane". I posted a fake ad on Craigslist.
I thought they'd fact-check it, and it'd make them look worse. Nobody fact-checks anything anymore", says Horner, adding: "It's real scary. Now he's in the White House.
Q: Why? I mean - why would you even write that? So a decision by Facebook to censor "fake news" would heavily weigh in favor of the more mainstream and "powerful" traditional media outlets. And that feels [bad].
"Mark Zuckerberg is in more of denial that Facebook is a news product in the sense that he knows what he needs to do", Schrader said. There's something strangely ironic about that list: It includes a bunch of popular right-leaning news sites - Breitbart, Independent Journal Review, RedState and ZeroHedge - but not one of the sites that ran with all those ludicrous excuses from the left that I just rattled off.