Facebook was made to create a more open and connected world, but the company failed to protect millions of user’s data. The source was full of so-called “fake news” and disinformation from across the world, especially in the UK. These mounting crises raised the question: How is Facebook linked to fake news and the misinformation?
Fake News are false stories that appear to be news, spread on the internet or using other media, usually created o influence political views or as a joke. (Cambridge, dictionary)
“The Facebook dilemma” shows us how Facebook went from a site that connected collage kids to a site that serves as a news source for billions of people around the world. Facebook became a source for news and information, and It is now a place polluted with misinformation and disinformation. This makes tremendous implications for the democracies around the world. Eventually, it’s the individual´s responsibility to think critically and be skeptical about the information but knowing what´s true becomes harder and harder, when the world experiences a huge shift in media. Now the media has become a place used to communicate. We have come to a place where fake information is easier to spread widely, than actual information.
“[I]t’s clear now that we didn’t do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm as well. That goes for fake news, foreign interference in elections, and hate speech, as well as developers and data privacy. We didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake. It was my mistake, and I’m sorry. I started Facebook, I run it, and I’m responsible for what happens here.” Mark Zuckerberg took personal responsibility or the disinformation. He says it is his fault that this became a problem because he was the one who started and run Facebook, but at the same time he comepairs Facebook with the telephone. He says that a Telephone facilitates that people can talk together, but that they cannot take responsibility for everything they talk about is true.
The Facebook dilemma came as the company struggled to improve their image after the revelation that Cambridge Analytica accessed about 87 million account in 2014. The leaked data was used by the political firm to target voters through campaigns. The Trump campaign later hired the company during the U.S. election in 2016.
After the 2016 election many feared that the fake news spread through Facebook affected the results of the U.S. election. Among the people studying “Fake news” its not clear how much, if at all this news affected the election.