Sandberg: False stories on Facebook did not sway election

FILE PHOTO - In this June 22, 2016, file photo, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg speaks at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington. Sandberg said on NBC's "Today" show Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, that misinformation on Facebook didn't sway the election in favor of President-elect Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg says she doesn’t think misinformation spread on the social media platform swayed the election in favor of President-elect Donald Trump.

But she said Thursday during an interview on NBC’s “Today” show that the company is looking at ways to label fake news and “doing the things we can do to make it clearer what’s a hoax on Facebook.”

Sandberg says Facebook takes misinformation seriously, “but there’s a lot more work to do.”

The comments come after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg outlined steps the Menlo Park, California-based company is taking to address the issue. Those steps included creating stronger detection of fake news stories and making it easier to report them.

 

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