Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted a comment to his home page last night that finally addresses the problem of fake news on his social media site. “Normally we wouldn’t share specifics about our work in progress, but given the importance of these issues and the amount of interest in this topic, I want to outline some of the projects we already have underway,” he wrote.
The importance of and interest in the topic arose shortly after the election when journalists like New York Magazine’s Max Read began faulting social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Reddit for Donald Trump’s unexpected win. “The most obvious way in which Facebook enabled a Trump victory has been its inability (or refusal) to address the problem of hoax or fake news,” Read wrote.
“Fake news is not a problem unique to Facebook, but Facebook’s enormous audience, and the mechanisms of distribution on which the site relies