Zuckerberg: That Facebook Influenced Election Is ‘Crazy’

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
November 11, 2016 Updated: November 11, 2016

NEW YORK—Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the idea that Facebook influenced the outcome of the U.S. election is a “crazy idea.”

During an interview Thursday with “The Facebook Effect” author David Kirkpatrick, Zuckerberg responded to criticisms that Facebook helped spread misinformation by allowing for the sharing and re-sharing of fake news stories.

Zuckerberg says the idea that people voted the way they did because they saw a fake news story shows “profound lack of empathy” for people who voted for Donald Trump.

“I do think there is a certain profound lack of empathy in asserting that the only reason someone could have voted the way they did is they saw some fake news,” Zuckerberg said in full to USA Today.

“If you believe that, then I don’t think you have internalized the message the Trump supporters are trying to send in this election.”

Epoch Times contributed to this report.