Facebook has been getting a lot of negative attention after it was found out that heavily published fake news articles and information could have led to misinformation about the presidential election.
Facebook in order to combat this are now relying on an AI or algorithmic machine learning to detect fake news and user reports. Facebook turned to AI in order to reduce human bias.
It has now been shown an unregulated news platforms can have negative consequences from the smallest to largest scales. Some are suggesting Facebooks misinformation may have led to Donald Trumps election as the 45th president of the United States of America. Zuckerberg, CEO, has addressed the issue in a statement saying “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. The hoaxes that do exist are not limited to on partisan view, or even to politics.”
Facebook has had problems in the past and decided to not censor news based on bias. Now, however, it must rethink strategies for an open news platform that is circulating misinformation. Depending on which direction Facebook goes it will have an effect on everyone.