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Is Facebook in Danger of Becoming the Next Taboola?
By: Contently
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For months leading up to the election, a slow trickle of angst surrounded Facebook’s fake news problem. After the stunning election of Donald Trump last week, that trickle turned into a deluge of anger.

Facebook, in Cross Hairs After Election, Is Said to Question Its Influence,” wrote The New York Times. “Donald Trump Won Because of Facebook,” preached Max Read in New York magazine. And on Wednesday, BuzzFeed News reported: “Viral Fake Election News Outperformed Real News On Facebook In Final Months Of The US Election.”

Facebook had already been battling critics who accused it of ignoring its role as a media company. (Both founder Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg repeatedly tell the press “Facebook is a tech company, not a media company.”) Facebook also came under fire earlier in the year for censoring the so-called “Napalm girl” Pulitizer-winning photograph, fired its Trending News team after accusations of bias from conservative pundits, endured a wave of advertiser anger after admitting (twice) it had been reporting skewed numbers, and weathered a plethora of stories accusing the platform of creating damaging “filter bubbles” and giving voice to hyper-partisan pagesthat exploited people’s fears.


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This article was first published by Contently.com. A link to the original can be found at the bottom of the post. www.contently.com
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