(MCCLATCHY) Months before the presidential election, Facebook decided to lay off its human editorial team and leave decisions about the Trending section almost completely to algorithms.
Almost immediately, the Trending section promoted a false story about Fox News firing anchor Megyn Kelly for being a closet liberal and supporting Hillary Clinton. Though Facebook pledged to do better after that incident, fake news stories continued to pop up in the feed, at least a few about the election specifically.
But Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said during a conference Thursday that he doesn’t believe those fake stories had any effect on the election.
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