PARIS, NOVEMBER 11, 2016: (DGW) AMID mounting criticisms that free use of false information on Facebook aided Trump's victory in the just concluded US presidential election, Facebook founder , Mark Zuckerberg has risen to defend his platform saying that Facebook owes no one any apology and therefore should not be held responsible.
While speaking on at Techonomy, a technology conference in California, Zuckerberg said that “the idea that fake news on Facebook influenced the election in any way is a pretty crazy idea.”
Facebook, the social networking giant, he said only gives people power to share so that we can make the world more open and connected'
His words: “My goal, and what I care about, is giving people the power to share so we can make the world more open and connected. That requires building a good version of News Feed. We still have work to do on that. We’re going to keep improving it.''
“If you believe that then I don’t think you have internalized the message Trump supporters are trying to send in this election.”
For an increasing number of people, particularly Americans, Facebook is becoming the primary source of news coverage.
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.
Earlier this year, Facebook was accused of being anti-Trump after it was alleged its human moderators were favouring liberal stories from appearing in people’s “trending stories” box.
While denying that claim, the site did sack its human team, instead relying solely on an algorithm to determine which stories were shown to be most popular, reports the BBC.
As a consequence, stories which were later proved entirely false appeared on the timelines of a large number of users, reports the BBC.
When asked about checks and balances needed to keep a company like Facebook in line, Zuckerberg said it was about “listening to what people want”.
“My goal, and what I care about, is giving people the power to share so we can make the world more open and connected. That requires building a good version of News Feed. We still have work to do on that. We’re going to keep improving it.
“On the community guidelines, I think as norms change and people want to see more news, I think we’ll have to continue to evolve the guidelines to reflect the value that the community holds.”