"If people consumed news from multiple sources, [...] it would be much easier to tell the fake from the real."

Relying only on Facebook for your news makes you stupid


Thu, Nov 17th, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

In response to the criticism that maybe Facebook is to blame for the U.S. elections results by not weeding out fake news, Facebook's führer was quick to dismiss the accusations, promptly noting that it was a "crazy idea". He's probably right.

Albeit the metrics may be proving him wrong to some degree, Edward Snowden thinks the real issue is people only relying on Facebook for their news and — even worse — people sharing and commenting on a story without actually reading it. Snowden suggests you rely on more than one platform for your news, or risk having the way you think reshaped by the social media giant.

Snowden’s comments echoed those of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who said that it’s “extremely unlikely hoaxes changed the outcome of this election in one direction or the other.” Snowden did add though, that if false news on social media actually impacted this election, it’s “a very sad indictment of our democracy that our voters could be so easily misled” and “One company shouldn’t have the power to reshape the way we think.”



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