In my last post, I wrote about how new technology is affecting the outcome of the presidential election in the US. Especially how social media such as Facebook has influenced the results. Other people also claim that Facebook impacted the outcome of the election by different “fake news” and hoaxes circulating.
However, Mark Zuckerberg rejects this idea and says it is extremely unlikely that Facebook and “fake news” + hoaxes changed the outcome. Thus, Zuckerberg says the company would do more to prevent that fake news and hoaxes because it is unacceptable.
I personally do not think it is extremely unlikely that the outcome of the election was impacted by different fake news circling on the site, since people actually believe in what they read on Facebook (apparently) Before the election, Facebook users could read that the federal agent who investigated Clinton was found dead and that Clinton herself had organized it. They could also read about the crazy news that the Pope endorsed Trump. This fake news might sound too unreal to believe in for you because it is common sense, but some people apparently believe that these things are true. Moreover, ever since we were kids, we learned to be critical to the source, but people that are not well educated enough might not think about it in that way. This issue, in my opinion, is one of the biggest challenges online, because you cannot rely on everything you read online. Take Wikipedia as an example: anyone can edit pages in order to improve the content, and that is why you have to be careful when reading things online. You just cannot rely on those facts and it is always crucial to do background checks on the source due to the fact that ANYONE can write ANYTHING.