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Facebooks objective stand on faking it

Recently, the entire team at Facebook that made its Trending Topics section with an algorithm was replaced following news reports that news from the conservative side of the U.S. political gamut was being suppressed. The internal investigation did not find any evidence to corroborate the news reports. However, Facebook issued a statement that the algorithm “allows our team to make fewer individual decisions about topics”. After the surprising victorious election of Donald Trump in U.S. presidential polls, the political role of Google and Facebook has come under acute scrutiny. The reason of this presidential election going off agenda is being pointed towards the fake online news stories. As per an analysis on a false post in Facebook saying Pope Francis endorses Mr. Trump engaged about 960,000 in comments, shares and likes for the post. Despite the mind-boggling corrupt history of Donald Trump, it is Hillary Clinton which has been put up the wall as the corrupt one. While Facebook s initial reaction was that of denial with its founder Zuckerberg saying that it was crazy to imagine that fake Facebook posts could swing elections. Later, it accepted the threats and dangers of fake news going viral on its network and sought to penalise the concerned content in its News Feed to put a wind-break in its diffusion and dissemination. However, Mr. Mark Zuckerberg took an objective stand saying that the problem was “complex, both technically and philosophically,” and that “We do not want to be arbiters of truth ourselves.” The truth is “a matter of perspective” in the  post-truth  era we live in now. While there is no doubt that Google and Facebook are the biggest news media outlets in the world, the best person holding the banner of “arbiters of truth” is the journalist thronging the roads and physically verifying the facts personally.

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