November 29th, 2016
Contributing writer for Wake Up World
As you may have heard, Google, along with social media sites Facebook and Twitter, recently faced a backlash over the alleged role they played in the U.S. presidential election, where many claim the spread of fake news influenced voters to support Republican candidate Donald Trump. While Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg has vehemently insisted the site played no role in swaying the vote, the popular social media platform has since announced a strategy to limit “fake” news.
Although this new direction may seem worthwhile at first glance, upon further inspection, we soon realize that Facebook’s 7-point plan is yet another bid at censorship, especially where alternative media is concerned.
Zuckerberg himself admits, “Of all the content on Facebook, more than 99 percent of what people see is authentic. Only a very small amount is fake news and hoaxes.” And adds, “The hoaxes that do exist are not limited to one partisan view, or even to politics. Overall, this makes it extremely unlikely hoaxes changed the outcome of this election in one direction or the other.”
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