Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is once again under fire for allegedly playing a role in helping various leaders, including Presidents Donald Trump and Rodrigo Duterte, win their respective elections through the spread of fake news.
MSNBC recently published a report that called out Zuckerberg and how he allowed the largest social media platform to be used as a tool to underhandedly influence elections all over the world. According to MSNBC anchor Ari Melber, Facebook even went as far as sending out employees to train candidates and campaign managers about digital strategies. “Facebook is a global company, and it was ground zero for this Putin-Duterte playbook long before Zuckerberg was playing naive about fake news,” he said.
Among the fake news items allegedly used for the Duterte campaign was Pope Francis’ supposed endorsement of the tough-talking candidate that quickly went viral.
For his part, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque brushed off the issue and said it was only natural for Duterte to use Facebook to help boost his chances of winning the 2016 elections.
“It would have been foolhardy for any political candidate not to tap Facebook as a campaign tool. All candidates did so, unfortunately for his detractors, President Duterte had been the best candidate to have utilized Facebook the most,” he said.
Meanwhile, netizens had something to say about the issue, which was generally met with mixed reactions on social media. Check out these takes:
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