Published: Thu, December 01, 2016
Health | By Constance Griffith

Facebook glitch cuts some Zuckerberg posts

Facebook spokesperson Jay Nancarrow told CNN that the removal "was caused by an error in one of our systems and the posts have now been restored".

According to a spokesperson quoted by The Verge, the posts, including the above example, were removed by "mistake".

Facebook is increasingly becoming everyone's choice for news and other information but low standards and Mark Zuckerberg's stance had let in many websites that lack factual basis on certain reports that use images to attract attention and relay messages. The company said the posts were "removed by mistake". "Overall, this makes it extremely unlikely hoaxes changed the outcome of this election in one direction or the other", Zuckerberg wrote in the post.

As the social media site begins to take steps to restrict fake news, this is likely to impact ad revenues, although by how much probably won't be clear until Facebook next releases quarterly financial results in January.

The posts pertained to the company's role in the 2016 presidential election and Zuckerberg's views on how fake news sites impacted it. "Some of these ideas will work well, and some will not".

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However, a short time later, both posts were back up. Earlier in November, the company displayed a number of memorial banners above users' profiles (including Zuckerberg's) suggesting that they were dead.

Facebook has recently faced tremendous backlash over fake news, in no small part due to Zuckerberg's insistence that media shared on the social network wouldn't have influenced voter behavior.

"We need to be careful not to discourage sharing of opinions or mistakenly restricting accurate content".

Adding: "We do not want to be arbiters of truth ourselves, but instead rely on our community and trusted third parties".

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