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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has rejected criticism that bogus stories that appeared on the social networking site influenced the outcome of Tuesday's U.S. presidential election. The site's news algorithm does not distinguish fake stories from verified ones.

"Personally, I think the idea that fake news on Facebook, which, itís a very small amount of the content, influenced the election in any way is a pretty crazy idea," Zuckerberg said Thursday at Techonomy, a technology conference near San Francisco, California.

"Voters make decisions based on their lived experiences. Ö You donít generally go wrong when you trust that people understand what they care about and whatís important to them and you build systems that reflect that," he said.

Zuckerberg not only defended his company, but pointed out that anyone could have analyzed data from Facebook to see the vast amount of support Donald Trump received from across the country.

"Itís not a surprise, or itís not news, that Trump has more followers on Facebook than Hillary [Clinton] does; I think some of his posts got more engagement," the social network founder said, responding to a question about whether Facebook knew from its access to user data that Trump had been poised to win the election.



 

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