Facebook's Sandberg: Fake news didn't swing election

Facebook's Sandberg: Fake news didn't swing election
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Facebook's chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, said on Thursday that fake news that went viral on the site didn’t swing the election to Donald TrumpDonald TrumpSenate rejects attempt to block Biden's Saudi arms sale Crenshaw slams House Freedom Caucus members as 'grifters,' 'performance artists' Senate confirms Biden's nominee to lead Customs and Border Protection MORE


"There have been claims that it swayed the election, and we don't think it swayed the election,'' Sandberg told NBC’s “Today” show.

"But we take that responsibility really seriously. And we're looking at things, like working with third parties, helping to label false news, doing the things we can do to make it clearer what's a hoax on Facebook,” she said.

Facebook has been criticized for the spread of fake news through its social network. False political stories, some tying former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBen Affleck: Republicans 'want to dodge the consequences for their actions' through gerrymandering Republican Ohio Senate candidate slams JD Vance over previous Trump comments Budowsky: Why GOP donors flock to Manchin and Sinema MORE and former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonIs the US capable of thinking strategically? Bob Dole: heroic, prickly and effective Biden on Bob Dole: 'among the greatest of the Greatest Generation' MORE to murder and corruption, were even featured as trending news.

One fake story about a Washington, D.C. pizzeria running a child sex ring connected to the Clintons reportedly inspired an armed North Carolina man to enter the restaurant and open fire last weekend.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also brushed off claims that fake news helped pave Trump’s path to victory. He later outlined steps Facebook would take to tamp down on fake news. 

"We've been working on this for a long time, and we've taken important steps, but there's a lot more to do,'' Sandberg said Thursday. "We know that people don't want to see hoaxes on Facebook, and we don't want to see hoaxes on Facebook. And so we're working on it, because misinformation is something we take seriously and something we're going to continue to iterate on the service."