Facebook and the Outcome of the 2016 Presidential Election

Facebook and the Outcome of the 2016 Presidential Election



The New York Times stated that late on the 2016 presidential election night a private chat emerged on Facebook. The conversation was among several vice presidents of the extensive social network about the outcome of the presidential election.

The vice presidents asked themselves what role that their company played in the election’s outcome. The top executives also established that they have to soften staff worries.

Also, three people said that they requested a smaller meeting with the network’s policy team. These people are familiar with the request and saw the chat. They asked to be anonymous due to the confidentiality of the meeting.

Facebook was entangled in allegations in the days following the election. The accusations stated that fake news stories and misinformation helped influence the election. The New York Times stated that the misrepresentation inclined the U.S. electorate to vote for President-elect Donald Trump.

The Facebook executives examined what their social network’s responsibilities are. There were several other conversations among the innovation company’s hierarchy.

Facebook Chairman and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said in a conference, on Nov. 10, that the social media giant affecting the election was a rather wild notion. He argued that the the social network is a nonpartisan information source. Many of the employees and executives of the company have also asked each other how they have shaped the opinions, minds, and votes of Americans.

FastCompany said that Facebook was blamed for their alleged role as a major outlet for half-truths and pranks. However, since the outcome of the 2016 presidential election Zuckerberg has defended his corporation’s reputation for keeping the social media outlet somewhat free of fake news.

The Facebook chairman stated that 99 percent of the content on his social network is authentic. Also, the fake news on Facebook is not limited to a specific partisan view.

FastCompany stated that after Trump’s surprise election victory, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, many critics attacked Facebook for not attempting to prevent the spread of partisan rumors. They were also accusing the network of spreading propaganda which drove Trump supporters.

Zuckerberg concluded that hoaxes are problematic on Facebook. However, he also stated that the enterprise works to empower the site’s community to flag such material. The innovation pioneer concluded that there is the possibility for enhancement, although the censoring of fake news is complicated.

Business Insider reported that Zuckerberg said that the social network has to make a lot of progress to take fake news stories off their platform. The company’s chairman published a post on his page on Saturday describing the corporation’s part in the 2016 presidential election. The post was released after people began accusing Facebook to permit fake news to be placed on the site.

Furthermore the fake news might have contributed to Trump’s surprising victory. However, Zuckerberg also immediately dismissed the allegations while speaking at the Technology conference.

Zuckerberg stated in his post that Facebook’s goal is to grant every individual a voice. He also said that he believes in people and assumes that people understand what is important in their lives.

Moreover, he stated that people addressing their views had driven democracy as well as Facebook. The statement was released after the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

By John A. Federico
Edited by Cathy Milne


The New York Times: Facebook, in Cross Hairs After Election, Is Said to Question Its Influence
FastCompany: Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook’s fake news problem: Identifying the “truth” is complicated
Business Insider: Mark Zuckerberg: We will rid site of fake news, but ‘identifying the truth is complicated’

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