In a Friday night Facebook post, the company's CEO Mark Zuckerberg has acknowledged that the social networking site needs to do "more work" to tackle the fake news problem.
The post underlines the fact that Zuckerberg has finally admitted that Facebook's fake new problem persists. Thus far, he had mostly issued dismissive statements about the reach of misinformation on Facebook, a subject which has come into spotlight after reports claiming that false stories on Facebook evidently tipped the 2016 US presidential election in favor of Donald Trump.
Though Zuckerberg had largely been arguing till now that fake news accounted for less than one percent of all Facebook posts, he has finally acknowledged the fake news problem on the social network after recent media reports highlighted that fake posts on Facebook spread like wildfire. The reports also asserted that it is Facebook's responsibility to address the fake news problem on its site.
Against the backdrop of the reports, Zuckerberg said that Facebook has made "significant progress" in dealing with fake news, but there is a lot more work to be done.
Describing fake news on social networking sites as a technically and philosophically complicated problem, Zuckerberg outlined a number of measures to address the problem. His proposals to address fake news include use of stronger machine learning for detection of misinformation, easier user reporting, and content warnings for fake stories.