Google and Facebook say they're fighting back against fake news. The move comes after public outcry over Google and Facebook allowing fake news on their sites that may have influenced the U.S. presidential election in Donald Trump's favor.
BusinessInsider reports Google CEO Sundar Pichai said his company has already started removing Google-pushed ads from websites that promote fake news. Pichai told The BBC incorrect news stories about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton could have affected the outcome of the election. He said it's important for companies like his to promote accurate news stories.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg responded to fake news allegations in a Facebook post that reads in part, "...After the election, many people are asking whether fake news contributed to the result, and what our responsibility is to prevent fake news from spreading....Of all the content on Facebook, more than 99% of what people see is authentic. Only a very small amount is fake news and hoaxes...Overall, this makes it extremely unlikely hoaxes changed the outcome of this election in one direction or the other. That said, we don't want any hoaxes on Facebook. We have already launched work enabling our community to flag hoaxes and fake news, and there is more we can do here. We have made progress, and we will continue to work on this to improve further."