November 11, 2016 1:00 pm
Updated: November 11, 2016 1:01 pm

Mark Zuckerberg: idea fake news stories on Facebook influenced US election is ‘crazy’

This Feb. 21, 2016, file photo sshows Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaking during the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2016 event in Barcelona, Spain.

AP File Photo/Manu Fernadez

NEW YORK — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the idea that Facebook influenced the outcome of the U.S. election is a “crazy idea.”

During an interview Thursday with The Facebook Effect author David Kirkpatrick, Zuckerberg responded to criticisms that Facebook helped spread misinformation by allowing for the sharing and re-sharing of fake news stories.

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Zuckerberg says the idea that people voted the way they did because they saw a fake news story shows “profound lack of empathy” for people who voted for Donald Trump.

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