President Obama criticizes misinformation on Facebook

20/11/2016
President Obama and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg


The President of the United States Barack Obama has participated in the fight against the misinformation, warning that they could harm political foundation to the extent “we won’t know what to fight for”. The President criticizes the fake news on the Facebook.

In the press conference with German Chancellor Angella Merkel, President  Obama has criticized the fake news on the Facebook and called on the importance of the truth.

“Because in an age where there’s so much active misinformation, and it’s packaged very well and it looks the same when you see it on a Facebook page or you turn on your television…where some overzealousness on the part of a U.S. official is equated with constant and severe repression elsewhere, if everything seems to be the same and no distinctions are made, then we won’t know what to fight for. And we can lose so much of what we’ve gained in terms of the kind of democratic freedoms and market, based economies and prosperity that we’ve come to take for granted.”

The Facebook has been struggling with the misinformation since the US presidential election campaign started. A recent research of BuzzFeed shows that, before the election day, a lot of fake news have been posted on the Facebook, more interacting than news of big mass medias.

The Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg, however, denies the thought that the news on Facebook had influenced the results of the election. He called the thought was “extremely crazy”. Thought Mr. Obama does not underestimate the fake news.

“If we are not serious about facts and what’s true and what’s not, and particularly in an age of social media where so many people are getting their information in soundbites and snippets off their telephone. If we can’t discriminate between serious arguments and propaganda, then we have problems,” the President said.

He also said that if people, whether they are conservative or liberal, left or right, are unwilling to compromise and engage in the democratic process and engage in the democratic process and are talking absolutist views and demonizing opponents, then democracy will break down.

In his previous speech, he said that such attacks add "the blatant lie" on Facebook will make people start to believe them./.
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Pack Cassiopian 20/11/16 23:13

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says his company is responding to sharp criticisms over fake stories appearing in its news feeds

yobro yobro 20/11/16 23:15

There are a lot of fake news on Internet in general and on Facebook in particular

John Smith 20/11/16 23:17

Fake news on the Facebook has a power to make people do bad things

Love Peace 20/11/16 23:20

There are also a lot of fake news on the Facebook about our Party and Government

Only Solidar 20/11/16 23:21

although fake posts may not make up the bulk of the content on Facebook, they spread like wildfire — and Facebook has a responsibility to address it.

Gentle Moon 20/11/16 23:23

We need stronger machine learning to detect misinformation, easier user reporting and content warnings for fake stories,

Deck Hero14 20/11/16 23:24

A lot of misinformation is driven by financially and politically motivated spam

MaskOf Zero 20/11/16 23:26

people want accurate information

LawrenceSamuels 20/11/16 23:27

Mark Zuckerberg is the front page editor of every newspaper in the world.

Jane smartnic 20/11/16 23:30

When reading news on Facebook or other social news page, we should have a filter to find out what's right or accurate because there are a lot of fake news

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