Facebook Hit By Fake News Story That It’s Banning Fake News Stories

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Facebook annouced today that it has been the subject of a fake news story that it is banning fake news stories after it was accused of allowing fake news stories to tilt the presidential election to Donald Trump.

“We are not banning fake news stories, despite what you might have read in a fake news story on Facebook, and we have no plans to ban fake news stories,” said Mark Zuckerberg, the chief of the popular social media site.

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Real fake news in news feed

Zuckerberg called it “questionable” that the widespread sharing of fake news on Facebook had any affect on the election outcome, and it’s for that reason there will be no policy change to ban fake news. “Does fake news get shared on facebook?” Zuckerman said. “Of course. It’s impossible to stop. But we do not believe that fake news on our site had anything to do with the election of Donald Trump.”

ssUnder the fake news story about Facebook banning fake news stories, Zuckerberg supposedly said his site would enforce its ban in part by not allowing fake news sites to participate in its ad program. But that’s false, Zuckerberg said. “We have no policy to not allow fake news sites to participate in our ad program,” he said. “That was what the fake news story said, but that’s not true. Fake news sites can still use our ad program.”

To help get the word out that the site still allows fake news sites, Facebook put a press release into its news feed and encouraged users to share it. But the news was not widely shared, analysts say, in part because a fake news story on Facebook said the news release wasn’t real but was part of a fake news story. “There was obviously a lot of confusion on Facebook about whether the news release was real or was part of a fake news story,” said Jared Stone, an analyst with Communications Metrics, a company that tracks online news traffic. “So far, more people believe the press release was fake and the fake story about the fake press release was real than believe the press release was real and the fake story was fake.”

To cut through the confusion, Zuckerberg personally contacted The New York Times to get the word out about what’s true and what’s not, but the editor at the Times reportedly thought the call was a hoax and did not take it.

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