Report: Obama Personally Warned Zuckberberg over Fake News


Former U.S. President Barack Obama personally urged Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to counter the rise of fake news on the social network during a meeting held shortly after last year's election, the Washington Post reported Sunday.

The encounter reportedly took place on the sidelines of a meeting of global leaders in Lima, Peru on November 19, two months before Trump's inauguration and days after Zuckerberg had dismissed as "crazy" the idea that misleading stories driven by Russian operatives had made a major impact on the outcome of the vote.

"Zuckerberg acknowledged the problem posed by fake news. But he told Obama that those messages weren't widespread on Facebook and that there was no easy remedy," the newspaper said, quoting people it said had knowledge of the exchange.

The report comes days after Facebook announced it would be handing over to Congress advertisements it discovered were bought by Russia-linked fake accounts, aimed at inflaming political tensions ahead of and following the election.

The Kremlin has denied any involvement.

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Thumb chrisrushlau over 5 years

Was Obama involved in Hillary Clinton's conspiracy at the Democratic National Committee to steer the Democratic Presidential nomination to her and away from Bernie Sanders?
Will Obama be indicted for murdering Osama bin Laden? To quote Lewish Sorley's biography of Creighton Abrams, who fired, when US commander in Vietnam, the commander of a Special Forces group (battalion) for assassinating a double agent and dropping his body in the ocean. Creighton fired the Green Beret colonel not for assassinating, but for lying to him, Abrams, about it. Did Obama have the right to assassinate bin Laden? If Obama had said that the mission was an assassination from the start, would that make it better or worse? Was Obama afraid of what bin Laden would tell a US court of law about KSA involvement in terrorism?

Thumb over 5 years

Bin Laden wasn't murdered, he was taken down. The same will happen to the Shia clones, namely Hassan Nasrallah and Moktada alSader if they on't fall in line.