Transcript for Facebook Under Fire for Fake News Stories
thank you. Now to Facebook boss mark Zuckerberg. He's firing back against accusations that fake stories on the site influenced the election. He insists they did not. Is but is vowing to take action against them. Becky Worley joins us. What types of story are we talking about? Really inflammatory stories. Ones that are outright lies or supermisleading. Headlines. Take this one that said FBI agent suspected in Hillary e-mail leaks found dead. Gnat's fake store pip this one said Donald Trump had lost the support of the police unions when he had merely been chided by a union executive. A study by buzz feed showed top left wing sites published stories about 19% of the time. But right-wing sites published 38%. It's all about social feeds. Critics saying those viral hoaxes could have influenced the election. It has created real soul-searching at Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg is taking it seriously saying Facebook doesn't want hoaxes. They want meaningful info. He claimed 99% of what people see is authentic. He wants more ability to push accurate information to the tops of our feeds. But then, there's a big concern about those judgment calls. In his words, should Facebook itself become the arbiters of truth? Do they want to be fact-checkers? Isbook just a digital platform? Or are they bound by the rules of journalism and editorial responsibility? That's a big issue. And they haven't settled it yet, have they? No, this is an ongoing issue that they say they're going to research, George. Okay, Becky, thank you very much.
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