Facebook COO: “Fake News” did not had an impact on election

In a recent interview on TODAY, Facebook’ s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg commented that although “fake news” are a problem the company is trying to solve, they actually had not the huge impact on the election result as many government officials have argued.

“There have been claims “that it swayed the election, and we don’t think it swayed the election,” Sandberg told Savannah Guthrie … “But we take that responsibility really seriously. And we’re… doing the things we can do to make it clearer what’s a hoax on Facebook … because misinformation is something we take seriously and something we’re going to continue to iterate on the service.”

Her statement reinforces Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s plan to overcome misinformation such as:

 “working with third parties make flagging [them] easier, potentially label stories as false… [and] ban fake news websites to buy advertisement”

Thankfully there are some people like Sandberg that admit that “fake news” are not the reason Trump have become president.

However, it is true that false information can be really harmful. Many citizens believe what they watch or heard on the internet and on TV; so, obtaining the wrong information can be troublesome.

It is important that Facebook does not label as “false” articles that may show a different perspective of what the mainstream media presents.

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Maria Robles is a recent graduate from New Jersey City University. She believes that everyone should be informed about current issues affecting our society.