Mark Zuckerberg: A Social Media Analysis

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Reliability of news on Facebook Facebook was founded in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg, which eventually grew into a worldwide phenomenon on the World Wide Web. Today, they have approximately 400 billion visitors a month according to the Business Insider. Computers in Human Behaviors that that "While Facebook was originally a personal space to share information about oneself, it has also become a common venue for sharing external content with one’s network. Over one billion active users (‘‘Company Info,’’ 2014) now share more than 70 billion pieces of content, such as links to news stories and blog posts, each month (‘‘Social Networking Statistics,’’ 2014)".
Facebook is one of the most popular social media networks. According to Computers in
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No one but Facebook knows what’s really trending on Facebook" (Borchers, pg. 2). This should be a red flag for the users that are sharing news on their Facebook feed. As a social media site, Facebook makes it very easy for users to share information with their friends by hitting that "share" button and choosing the mode that they want to share it in, as well as if they want to tag any of their friends. This gives readers of news the ability to act as gatekeepers of the news that they find relevant and …show more content…
They also have to consider how — amid intense competition for Internet traffic — the desire to produce viral content might color editorial judgments. Many news sites draw large portions of their audiences from Facebook, so the temptation is to try to create content that seems likely to be shared and liked over and over" (Borchers, pg 2). Sharing news content is how a large majority of news stories get around to a variety of users. This can be done by sharing the story to the whole feed of friends, or even tagging a specific person to share the article with. According to The Washington Post, "journalists are going to depend on Facebook to tell them what people care about, then they’ll want to feel assured that these data are accurate or, if subjective, at least openly so. Which is why there is so much on the line" (Borchers, p. 5). This means that the sharing of the news content, and the writing of the news content goes both ways with what people care about, and what is accurate

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