Obama personally warned Zuckberberg over fake news: report

The encounter reportedly took place on the sidelines of a meeting of global leaders in Lima, Peru on November 19, two months ahe
The encounter reportedly took place on the sidelines of a meeting of global leaders in Lima, Peru on November 19, two months ahead of Trump's inauguration and days after Zuckerberg had dismissed as "crazy" the idea that inaccurate stories driven by Russian operatives had made a major impact on the outcome of the vote

Former US President Barack Obama personally urged Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to counter the rise of fake news on the social network during a meeting held shortly after last year's election, the Washington Post reported Sunday.

The encounter reportedly took place on the sidelines of a meeting of global leaders in Lima, Peru on November 19, two months before Trump's inauguration and days after Zuckerberg had dismissed as "crazy" the idea that misleading stories driven by Russian operatives had made a major impact on the outcome of the vote.

"Zuckerberg acknowledged the problem posed by . But he told Obama that those messages weren't widespread on Facebook and that there was no easy remedy," the newspaper said, quoting people it said had knowledge of the exchange.

The report comes days after Facebook announced it would be handing over to Congress advertisements it discovered were bought by Russia-linked fake accounts, aimed at inflaming political tensions ahead of and following the election.

The Kremlin has denied any involvement.


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Sep 25, 2017
Fake news can come in many forms from many sources. Often from the "press" and often actually containing truth or being wholly truthful!
The accusation that Trump made comments contemptuous of women, but carefully failing to mention that every politicians, Democrat and Republican, has made the same kind of comments in"locker room talk"
More generally, articles to try to sway the agenda by profiling one and only one case where a plan will impact someone harshly. No mention of if they will have recourse and absolutely no mention of any the "press'" favored agendas will impact harshly!
An important point. For all the talk trying to suggest that stories supposedly planted by Russia helped shape the election in 2016, note that absolutely no one has carried out anything like an interview to see who, if any, were affected! Because they know what it will show!

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