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In the weeks following the 2016 presidential election, pundits, politicians and tech titans all sought to figure out whether fake news had affected the outcome.
Hillary Clinton publicly castigated the "guys over in Macedonia who are running these fake news sites," and suggested they may have been working with Russia. The New Yorker reported that President Obama spent a day after Trump's victory talking "almost obsessively" with advisers about the stories coming out of Veles.
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was initially more skeptical about Facebook's influence on the election outcome.
He changed his tune, however, and announced a slew of measures designed to control the spread of fake news.
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Facebook says it spots fake news accounts by looking for certain patterns of activity — repeated posting of the same content, or a sudden increase in messaging. It is putting warning labels on fake stories in some countries, and the company has also taken steps to undercut the business model of fake news publishers.
In September, Facebook told U.S. congressional investigators that it sold around $100,000 worth of political...
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