Facebook received a poke by none other than President Barack Obama during a press conference recently. He took his time to assail the spread of fake news online, especially how it spreads on the social network.
“If everything seems to be the same and no distinctions are made, then we won’t know what to protect,” he said.
Obama slams fake news for weakening democracy
Obama made his remarks during a press conference in Germany with Chancellor Angela Merkel. Obama said if one cannot discriminate between propaganda and serious arguments, then they have problems. He noted that fake news has the power to damage or even destroy democracy. The remarks by President Obama come at a time when the tech giant has been subject to scornful criticism for letting hoaxes and fake stories spread to millions of users at a critical time.