#AceNewsReport – Nov.12: Facebook: Social media really can change what people believe Mashable reported on Friday
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg does not believe that fake news on his social network influenced the election. Facebook has recently been plagued with criticism that partisan stories posted on the site helped to influence the U.S. presidential election.
The outcry was so strong that on Thursday Zuckerberg spoke out to defend his company, saying at a conference in San Francisco that the idea is “pretty crazy.” “There is a profound lack of empathy in asserting that the only reason someone could have voted the way they did is because they saw fake news,” he said.
But recent findings from the Pew Research Center suggest the opposite is true, as 20 percent of social media users say they’ve changed their stance on a political issue because of something they saw on sites like Facebook. The shift was usually pessimistic this was the result
Exposure to a range of new ideas and viewpoints that many social media users encounter can occasionally cause people to change their minds about political issues or candidates.
“People who said they had changed their minds on [the presidential] candidates often said that social media pointed their opinion in a more negative direction,” Pew research associate Monica Anderson said in a post about the survey that was published Monday….
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