Facebook cheered Trump, Google backed Clinton: Elections 2016

November 14, 2016 2:28 pm

Accusations surfaced claiming that Facebook influenced the outcome of the US presidential elections. (Image: Reuters)

Trump says Facebook and Twitter helped him win

Google has been accused of backing Hillary Clinton

Trump is now US President and already appointing staff

 

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has spent the past few days defending his social network against claims that it helped Donald Trump win the 2016 US elections.

The claims were aggravated when Trump himself said Facebook and Twitter helped him win.

“The fact that I have such power in terms of numbers with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, et cetera, I think it helped me win all of these races where they’re spending much more money than I spent,” Trump said on The 45th President, his first television interview as a president-elect.

 

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In defense of Facebook

Zuckerberg defended Facebook in a long post he shared on his profile page, stating that an investigation is ongoing, exploring the alleged fake news that circulated during and ahead of election day, which may have influenced voters.

“More than 99 per cent of what people see is authentic. Only a very small amount is fake news and hoaxes. The hoaxes that do exist are not limited to one partisan view, or even to politics. Overall, this makes it extremely unlikely hoaxes changed the outcome of this election in one direction or the other,” the statement read.

This comes at a time when demonstrators are still taking to the streets across the United States, protesting against Trump’s win.

 

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Google cheers for Hillary

Facebook is not the only technology conglomerate that got muddled up in the historic US elections this year.

Throughout the campaigns, Google was accused of backing Hillary Clinton. Research psychologist Robert Epstein claimed that the search engine’s biased suggestions might shift “as many as three million votes” in favour of Clinton.

“A scientific study I published last year showed that search rankings favouring one candidate can quickly convince undecided voters to vote for that candidate — as many as 80 per cent of voters in some demographic groups. My latest research shows that a search engine could also shift votes and change opinions with another powerful tool: autocomplete,” Epstein wrote in an exclusive report published on zerohedge.com in September.

The study explains that the autocomplete options coming out on Google’s search bar were in favour of Clinton, hence concluding that the firm behind the engine was rooting for the Democrat candidate.

Yet, despite of all the speculations and claims, the outcome is clear. Donald Trump will become the new President of the United States of America. He is already employing his staff.

 

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