Last week The Guardian reported that Facebook had been accused of, "... abdicating its responsibility to clamp down on fake news stories and counter the echo chamber that defined this [US] election".
But should Facebook be accountable for the US Election result? Some interesting remarks by the Facebook CEO on the difficulty of bypassing people's interests on reading what they want to read. It's hard to squarely blame the social media giant, but more openness on their algorithm wouldn't go amiss.
Can social media predict election results? For an increasing number of people, particularly Americans, Facebook is becoming the primary source of news coverage. The site's News Feed is specifically designed to show users content it thinks will be of most interest, creating what some describe as a "filter bubble" that reinforces a person's view without injecting differences in opinion.