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Mark Zuckerberg begins to accept responsibility for Facebook’s influence

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Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg likes to write open letters during times of great import.

He wrote one when the company went public, he wrote one to his infant daughter when he became a father, and he has written a new one that was published on Thursday.So why is now a time that requires an almost 6,000-word essay touching on world affairs, U.S. politics, the value of high-quality journalism, and the crumbling social fabric of America?

On a lot of issues, he tells Recode s Kara Swisher that his views have become more nuanced.

In the case of the media, for example, Zuckerberg has undergone a significant evolution from his original position just after the election, when he scoffed at the idea that fake news distributed on the social network was a problem, and reiterated his position that Facebook is not a media company—and therefore is more or less blameless when it comes to such things.Since then, Zuckerberg has admitted that disinformation spread via social media is a problem, and that Facebook needs to help.

He has instituted a series of moves to help fact-check news stories on the network.

Facebook also started a journalism project, and reached out to local media outlets.Some of this might just be a public relations exercise, designed to simulate interest in the problem in order to get critics off his back.

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