Facebook Says the Reach of Fake News Operations During the 2016 Election Was ‘Statistically Very Small’

'The reach of the content shared by false amplifiers was marginal compared to the overall volume of civic content shared during the U.S. election'


Facebook’s efforts to keep its user base informed about the steps it is taking to combat fake news now include a look at the news period that brought the issue to the forefront in the first place: the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Manager of Facebook’s threat intelligence team Jen Weedon, threat intelligence team analyst William Nuland and chief security officer Alex Stamos published a report titled Information Operations and Facebook, which included a detailed look at the period leading up to Election Day.

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