Facebook Latest News & Updates: Experts Say Facebook's 'Fake News' Highlights Need For Social Media Revamp

By Ceage Sotto , Updated Nov 14, 2016 06:19 AM EST

The proliferation of "fake news" on Facebook has prompted experts to take action on the urgent need for a new social media legal framework. Experts warn that the proliferation of misinformation is an enormous problem and might have tilted the last US Elections.

A report from Fox News has quoted Keith Altman, a lawyer at 1-800 Law firm, that such misinformation can lead to future problems and social media platforms should start a call to action regarding "fake news." Facebook's Trending Topics were easily taken prey by high-profile fake news after the social media platform implemented the algorithm feed last summer.

Facebook Latest News & Updates: Mark Zuckerberg Defends Facebook From Tilting The National Elections

In an article written by the Wall Street Journal, the co-founder of Facebook and its current CEO defends the social media platform of tilting the US elections. People who joined the conference held at Half Moon Bay, California had a chance to listen to Mark Zuckerberg's rebuttal of Facebook manipulating the elections through "fake news." He told participants that it was a crazy idea and the content of "fake news" in Facebook was very small.

It was noted that a false article regarding the firing of Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly and a fake article regarding the 9/11 terrorist attacks was trending all over facebook. In other occasions, a seemingly inoffensive hashtag was linked to videos that showed inappropriate content. Social media platforms are protected by section 230 of the Communications Decency Act that basically protects people that post "fake news" and gives them immunity from criminal liability.

Facebook Latest News & Updates: Section 230 Must Be Revisited & Social Media Legal Framework Should be Updated

Keith Altman of the 1-800 Law Firm also suggested to revisit Section 230 and recommends that they should be clearly defined. He also told Fox News that the unrestrained nature of social media platforms like Facebook that enables users to share and view content from any source should have a new legal framework.

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