Two lengthy posts by by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about fake news and the United States presidential election temporarily vanished without explanation from Zuckerberg's Facebook page on Tuesday before reappearing later in the day.
The first post, from November 12, makes the case that while the company has more work to do in regards to preventing its service from being used to spread fake news, most of the content people see is accurate.
According to CNN, the social media giant quickly restored these posts and eight other entries, all from co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, after media outlets had tipped them off to the glitch. And this is why the likes of CNN and MSNBC are urging Google and Facebook to take on these supposed fake news website, like Zero Hedge and Breitbart. After first calling the idea that Facebook could swing an election "a insane idea", he went on the defensive in a note published November 12, maintaining that "more than 99% of what people see [on Facebook] is authentic".
The company added that "around ten" of Zuckerberg's posts had been affected, including two that were dealing specifically with the issue of fake news.
Earlier this month, a unusual bug caused Facebook to display a memorial message about users' regular profile pages, including that of Zuckerberg, erroneously declaring them to be deceased.
"The problems here are complex, both technically and philosophically", Zuckerberg said in the post from November 19.
Meanwhile, the 19th November post laid out plans to combat the fake news running rampant on the platform. "We believe in giving people a voice, which means erring on the side of letting people share what they want whenever possible".