Denis R. McDonough

Obama tried to give Mark Zuckerberg a wake-up call over fake news on Facebook

Obama tried to give Mark Zuckerberg a wake-up call over fake news on Facebook

Nine days after Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg dismissed as "crazy" the idea that fake news on his company's social network played a key role in the U.S.’s November election, then-President Obama pulled aside the youthful tech billionaire and delivered what he hoped would be a wake-up call.

For months leading up to the vote, Obama and his top aides quietly agonized over how to respond to Russia's brazen intervention on behalf of the Donald Trump campaign without making matters worse. Weeks after Trump's surprise victory, some of Obama's aides looked back with regret and wished they had done more.

Huddled in a private room on the sidelines of a...

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