Did Facebook and the crisis in journalism influence the election?

BuzzFeed News recently accrued data showing that numerous top performing Facebook news stories from this past election season were drawn from fake news sites that spread hoaxes or misinformation.

"These posts were removed by mistake", the spokesperson told Gizmodo in a statement. Zuckerberg goes so far as to say that "more than 99 percent of what people see is authentic".

What qualifies as "fake news" to one person, might just be another's holiest scripture.

Facebook also confirmed that Zuckerberg's account security was not compromised, and this was not influenced by outside factors, something that we've seen happen to a good few other CEOs this year too.

It seems odd that two specific posts related to the election would accidentally be removed while others from around the same time were intact.

However, he admitted that the company can do more to prevent false news stories and hoaxes from spreading across the social media platform.

On November 19th, Zuckerberg published another update to his timeline outlining the company's plan to combat fake news by listing a series of improvements (stronger detection of hoaxes, better reporting tools, warnings for articles flagged as false, etc.) that Facebook is actively working on. The original URL for that post led to a "page not found" error before it was restored later Tuesday. Earlier in November, the company displayed a number of memorial banners above users' profiles (including Zuckerberg's) suggesting that they were dead.

Video footage from the Techonomy conference on November 10, in which Zuckerberg called the idea that fake news influenced the election "pretty insane", remained live on Facebook Tuesday.

He wrote: "The problems here are complex, both technically and philosophically".