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Friday, November 11, 2016

Facebook Faces media bias criticism

Facebook CEO and filthy rich Mark Zuckerberg defended his network's algorithm Thursday from accusations his company allowed "fake news" to tilt the election.

"Personally I think the idea of fake news on Facebook--of which it's a very small amount of the content--influenced the election in any way is a pretty crazy idea," Zuckerberg said at a conference in Half Moon Bay, California.

"But what about the story Facebook carried on Miley Cyrus' account that said Trump grabbed her by her lady parts? That turned out to be false and it was allowed anyway," one reporter asked.

"Everyone knew that was a joke, just a lighthearted joke. It wasn't even the real Miley Cirus' account--it turns out it belonged to Michael Moore. He loves Miley and sometimes dresses up like her," Zuckerberg said. "But please don't print that. He would be very upset."

Zuckerberg explained that Facebook exposed its monthly users, over a billion people, to various political views, citing the "Pin the hairpiece on the Trump Head" contest, and the essay contest: "Ten Reasons Why I'm Voting for Hillary Clinton."

"But the "Photoshop a Tragic Trump Moment" contest was fair and balanced, you gotta admit that," Zuckerberg said to a media audience who nodded in agreement and finally 'got it.'