Facebook and the 2016 Election | The Facebook Dilemma

Facebook and the 2016 Election | The Facebook Dilemma
Facebook and the 2016 Election | The Facebook Dilemma
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Consider whether Facebook bears responsibility for the rise of fake news and polarization seen during the 2016 U.S. presidential election in these videos excerpted from The Facebook Dilemma: FRONTLINE. Facebook had become a massive distributor of news in the years leading up to 2016. However, the company’s leadership didn’t regard itself as responsible for the accuracy of content posted to the site and did not take measures to edit any of it. As a consequence, false stories, many of them eventually traced to a small town in Macedonia, spread on its platform in the run-up to the 2016 election. With its algorithm determining which content would be most prominently displayed to which users, some argue Facebook played a significant role in the polarization of politics in America.

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