Facebook says don't blame it for TrumpAfter facing criticism for spreading fake news about the candidates, Facebook's CEO speaks out.
Facebook speaks out. The fallout from the presidential election continues. Facebook has been criticized for allowing false information about the candidates on the site. At least one publication published a story with the headline, Donald Trump Won Because of Facebook. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg responded to the criticism. At a conference, he said he thinks there is a certain profound lack of empathy in asserting that the only reason someone could have voted the way they did If they saw some fake news. Zuckerberg also said he finds the idea of fake news on Facebook influencing the election in any way to be a pretty crazy idea. Facebook's VP of Product Management, Adam Mosseri, said in a statement that the company takes misinformation on Facebook very seriously. He also said that there is more the company needs to do to stop the spread of misinformation on Facebook. According to a Pew research study, more than 40% of US adults get their news from Facebook. Now, if you're wondering what kind of false news stories circulate on Facebook, they include a story that linked an FBI agent associated with Hillary Clinton's email leaks being found dead. Another story said the Pope endorsed Donald Trump. For the record, neither is true. And with that, I"m Zach Ichart, you can stay on top of the biggest tech stories at cnet.com/update