Several articles have surfaced in the media (including one by me) suggesting that Facebook did indeed influence the election by providing a forum for the many rumors and bogus news stories shared by many of Trump's supporters.
Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg doesn't see it that way. "Personally I think the idea that fake news on Facebook influenced the election in any way is a pretty bogus idea," he said, speaking at the Techonomy conference in Half Moon Bay, California, Thursday evening. "First of all it's a very small amount of the content in the news feed."
He continued: "I believe people make decisions based on their own experiences," not based on things they see on Facebook. Zuckerberg said Trump's supporters had good, real-world reasons for supporting their candidate. "You don't generally go wrong by betting on the intelligence of people," he said.