Zuckerberg: That Facebook influenced election is ‘crazy’

FILE - In this March 25, 2015, file photo, Mark Zuckerberg talks about the Messenger app during the Facebook F8 Developer Conference in San Francisco. Brazilians awoke to a day without WhatApp Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015 after a judge ordered the popular messaging app blocked throughout the country for 48 hours.Zuckerberg, who heads WhatsApp's parent company Facebook, indicated in a Facebook post that the case was related to the company's attempt to guard customers' data. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
FILE - In this March 25, 2015, file photo, Mark Zuckerberg talks about the Messenger app during the Facebook F8 Developer Conference in San Francisco. Brazilians awoke to a day without WhatApp Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015 after a judge ordered the popular messaging app blocked throughout the country for 48 hours.Zuckerberg, who heads WhatsApp's parent company Facebook, indicated in a Facebook post that the case was related to the company's attempt to guard customers' data. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

NEW YORK (AP) – 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.

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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