Fake News isn't a product of the 2016 election, it was birthed over two years ago in China. Zuckerberg was its stepfather ...
03.28.14 China intends to root out a “disease” it says is plaguing the nation’s news industry: extortion and so-called fake news. According to the People’s Daily, the official mouthpiece of the Communist Party, such a phenomenon “seriously damages the image of news workers, corrodes the credibility and authoritative nature of the news media, is strongly opposed by all sectors of society, and bitterly detested by the people.” China’s purges of so-called “fake news” have also at times been motivated along apparently political lines.
It’s kind of a no-brainer, it’s total hypocrisy,” Mr. Bandurski said of this week’s announcement, citing the fact that the Central Propaganda Department, which regularly bans media from reporting on certain topics, will be among the government agencies participating in the fake news crackdown. China’s public officials want tomaintain public opinion control in order to maintain social and political stability,” he said.
For those minds inquiring, the People’s Daily report made no mention of any crackdown on another kind of notorious “fake reporter” in China—the ones carefully chosen as audience plants in official briefings.
03.21.16 Zuckerberg met with Communist Party propaganda chief Liu Yunshan in Beijing on Saturday. Despite China stepping up its Internet censorship—Liu recently warned Chinese Internet users against crossing the “baseline” when discussing politics online, and the country has called for a global “governance system” for the Internet, which activists warn could smother free speech—it appears Zuckerberg’s efforts are paying off and relations between Facebook and China are warming ever so slightly. In their meeting, Liu commended Zuckerberg for his “cooperative” attitude with Chinese regulations and “hopes [Facebook] can strengthen exchanges, share experiences and improve mutual understanding with China's Internet companies,” Chinese news agency Xinhua quoted Liu as telling Zuckerberg.
Zuckerberg has been currying favor with China for a while now, and with good reason. Since 2009, Facebook’s services have been blocked in the country, which harbors a large number of Internet users—720 million people, to be exact. The Chinese government has restricted Internet access across social-media platforms over its concerns about commentary critical of the government, especially on political anniversaries