Despite Mark Zuckerberg's insistence that Facebook is a tech company, let’s call it what it is: the biggest media organization in the world. The founder recently defended its dissemination of fake news content*, saying it's crazy to think it might have influenced voters. Yes, Facebook had a role to play in this presidential election and it's dark.
Is Facebook partly responsible for Trump's rise? asks Fast Company.
35You bet they are. Facebook will say 36 For years
* That fake pro-Trump news? It's a cottage industry in the unlikeliest of places.
Pumped out by Macedonian teenagers gaming the Facebook system, reported BuzzFeed News, which identified 100+ pro-Trump websites being run from a single town in the former Yugoslav Republic.
Teenagers with no incomes or job prospects have figured out that if they scrape articles from fringe or right wing sites and share it on Facebook, the more people who click through from Facebook, the more money they earn from ads on their website. The best performing posts were found to be false or misleading. The teens hope to keep making money (up to several thousand USD a month) with a Trump presidency and were preparing to switch topics to sports if he didn't win.
80Facebook has simply made them easier to spread