Mark Zuckerberg is doubling down on his claim that Facebook—which regularly circulates fake news through its Trending section and various status updates—had no impact on the presidential election.
“Of all the content on Facebook, more than 99 percent of what people see is authentic,” wrote Zuckerberg, in a note to Facebook users. “Only a very small amount is fake news and hoaxes. 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.”
While you digest that “more than 99 percent” whopper from Zuckerberg, consider what president-elect Donald Trump thought of Facebook’s impact. During an interview with 60 Minutes, the Donald was asked about his social media presence.
“The fact that I have such power in terms of numbers with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc., I think it helped me win all of these races where they’re spending much more money than I spent,” replied Trump.