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The problem with Facebook runs much deeper than fake news.

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'In the wake of the election, Facebook has taken justifiable heat for its role in spreading misinformation and propaganda. Without robust countervailing forces favoring credibility and accuracy, Facebook’s news feed algorithm is bound to spread lies, especially those that serve to bolster people’s preconceived biases. And these falsehoods are bound to influence people. And yet, in the days following the election, as criticisms of the company mounted, Facebook CEO Zuckerberg downplayed and denied the issue—a defensiveness that says even more about the company than the fake news scandal itself; his response points to a problem deeper than any bogus story, one that won’t be fixed by cutting some shady websites out of its advertising network: Facebook’s refusal to own up to its increasingly dominant role in the news media. It’s one that is unlikely to go away, even if the fake news does.'

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