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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Breaks Silence About Fake News On Social Media Platform

By Kristen Hortaleza , Nov 19, 2016 03:20 PM EST
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The intense criticism that Facebook is receiving for the uncontrollable circulation of fake news has finally got the company's CEO talking. Mark Zuckerberg proves his presence in the whole scenario as he gives the public updates on how he plans to take on the big issue.

Speculations of the social platform's inability to control the dissemination of fake news are linked to the massive misinformation of its users that are currently theorized as one of the factors that led to the victory of the newly elected US President, Donald Trump.

The CEO's response regarding the issue can be found in a recent post made by Zuckerberg himself on Facebook. He announced that their team has been working on the problem for a long time and they take the responsibility seriously. He also stated that the current problem is more complicated than people think.

The 32-year-old programmer turned CEO also mentioned that the company does not usually share specifics of their progress but will take this critical moment as an exception. The latest action plan for battling fake news includes a stronger detection which means better technical systems to determine its validity. There will be options to make fake news reporting easier as there will be warnings about content that have been flagged every time a user tries to read or share it.

A third party verification will also be supplemented for access as there will be a higher standard for stories that appear under related articles on Facebook news feed. Another action that Zuckerberg plans to focus on is the disruption of fake news economics. This will have ads policies under review for a better ad farm detection.

Finally, the social media platform's CEO promises to continue to work with journalists and others in the news industry to improve their understanding of fact checking systems.

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