Over the past few weeks, there have been an increasing number of complaints about hate speech on social media sites and forcing these social companies to take responsibility. A few of the major social players have come forward about what steps they are going to take.

On Monday, Facebook said that they would further monitor news articles that are advertised on Facebook’s platform. This past Tuesday, Twitter announced that they would allow their users to block notifications of tweets that use certain words. The goal of this is to help decrease harassment on Twitter.

While some users are satisfied that Facebook and Twitter have addressed some concerns, most users feel like the social companies are not doing enough. Further outrage happened when Mark Zuckerberg down played the impact of fake new in a Facebook post on Saturday.

During the recent election the rise of false news stories was at an all time high. Stories like “Pope Francis had endorsed Donald Trump and that the Clinton Foundation bought $137 million in illegal arms” (WSJ).

Fake news stories were so prevalent in the election that, “top fake election news stories generated more total engagement on Facebook than top election stories from 19 major news outlets combined” (WPR).

 

References

http://www.wsj.com/articles/social-media-companies-forced-to-confront-misinformation-and-harassment-1479218402

http://www.wpr.org/did-fake-news-social-media-affect-2016-election-results

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