President Barack Obama has spoken up about how fake Facebook news could actually destroy mainstream information. The way he phrased it sounds a lot like words taken from the Assassin’s Creed video game franchise.
It’s highly doubtful that we’ll see pictures of our current Commander-in-Chief donning a pointed hoodie and wrist blades, fighting off Templars bent on ruling the world. Obama is a family man currently preparing Donald Trump for his four years in the White House and likely doesn’t perch on high towers.
Obama’s words were directed toward the recent attempt by Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, to weed out fake news, a growing problem, which might have stemmed from Clinton’s Presidential campaign. It was alleged over the past few months that after the Benghazi scandal had come to light, there were thousands of emails recovered from a private server containing classified government information.
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While the FBI has not recommended charges against Hillary Clinton, there has been evidence discovered which allegedly links her to ISIS funding and the rigging of major news outlets. The latter became part of President-Elect Donald Trump’s final attack on his Democratic rival as he claimed major news sites had been told to seek approval from Clinton’s campaign managers before publishing. In this way, he had suggested that the news was set against him.
Trump also suggested that the Electoral College was rigged as well, a point which has been disproved by the fact that he won the Electoral vote. Despite everything allegedly set against him, Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton anyway.
The suggestion that news outlets were biased and spreading fake news through social media might have had a lot to do with Trump’s surprise win as the public was told things which might have been made up.
Facebook and other social media sites have played host to this spread of fake news as well, with those in charge often not being able to tell fact from fiction. One possible source was a small Macedonian town, about which Obama cited a Buzzfeed article saying they allegedly pushed out fake news on Facebook for profit.
“[The new media ecosystem] means everything is true and nothing is true … An explanation of climate change from a Nobel Prize-winning physicist looks exactly the same on your Facebook page as the denial of climate change by somebody on the Koch brothers’ payroll. And the capacity to disseminate misinformation, wild conspiracy theories, to paint the opposition in wildly negative light without any rebuttal – that has accelerated in ways that much more sharply polarize the electorate and make it very difficult to have a common conversation.”
Obama continued in his statement with The New Yorker‘s David Remnick that facts have been horribly skewed in cases like global warming and climate change. It has been long accepted that the two issues are generally man-made problems because it’s what scientists have been telling us.
These days, it’s too easy to believe that things some college student made up are the facts, just because of their education level. Obama claims that with sound bites and snippets of info we all receive on our phones, it’s hard to tell the difference between a serious argument and media propaganda.
— Miles Frenzetta (@SFOSmallBiz) November 18, 2016
According to Business Insider, Mark Zuckerberg might be among those regularly fooled. He stated that the amount of fake news on Facebook is actually very small and likely didn’t influence the recent Presidential election in any way.
In a world where “everything … and nothing is true,” how do you decide what the facts are?
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