President Barack Obama is known to dabble in social media and was trying to offer advice to Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg. At one point Zuckerberg mentioned that fake news on Facebook didn’t play a role in the election.
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According to The Washington Post, Obama hoped that he could spark a wake-up call and during this time him along with his aides spoke about how they could respond to Russia’s intervention into the election. After Trump’s victory they wished they had done more.
Right before the inauguration of Donald Trump, President Obama spoke to Zuckerberg about the threat of fake news. Zuckerberg recognized the problem and a statement by Elliot Schrage released said,“We believe in the power of democracy, which is why we’re taking this work on elections integrity so seriously, and have come forward at every opportunity to share what we’ve found.” Over time Facebook has disables 30,000 fake accounts and wants to make sure fake news doesn’t continue to be spread on the social media site.