Obama personally warned Mark Zuckerberg after the election about the extent of fake news on Facebook

  • Former president Barack Obama and Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg met on Nov. 19 in Peru and discussed the spread of fake news on the site, the Washington Post reported
  • Zuckerberg reportedly said there was no easy fix to weeding out fake news items

Former president Barack Obama personally warned Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a post-2016 election meeting to check the spread of fake news on the site, but he was told there was no easy fix, according to a Washington Post report on Sunday.

The Nov. 19 meeting reportedly took place in Lima, Peru, at a gathering of world leaders two months before Donald Trump's inauguration. The meeting followed Zuckerberg saying that the idea fake news driven by Russian-linked operatives on the site could have an major impact on voting was "crazy."

The Washington Post said Facebook commented that it has come forward at "every opportunity" to disclose links to fake news items. A spokesperson for Obama declined to comment, the newspaper said.

According to the article, Facebook initially discovered elements of the Russian information operation in June 2016 and notified the FBI, but efforts to address and fix the problem lagged as the company and the government struggled to figure out a gameplan.

The full Washington Post report can be read here.