The CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has addressed ‘growing criticism’ that he helped Donald Trump win the US presidential elections.
Zuckerberg insisted that the small amount of fake news that spread on FB during the election did not influence the outcome.
Reacting to the claim, Zuckerberg said “To think we influenced the election in any way is a pretty crazy idea.
“I do think there is a certain profound lack of empathy in asserting that we influenced this election.
“If the only reason people could have voted the way they did because they saw some fake news, then we are not to be blamed.
“A lot of questions are emerging about Facebook’s role in this year’s election cycle.
“This is due to the proliferation of sensationalistic and even outright fake news stories.
“If you believe that, then I don’t think you have internalized the message the Trump supporters are trying to send in this election.
“Part of what I think is going on here is people are trying to understand the results of the election.
“I think the idea that fake news on Facebook influenced the election in any way is a pretty crazy idea.
“Even the outright fake news was a very small amount of the content,” Mark Zuckerberg said.
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