Mateys, PA—Mateys, Pennsylvania—A post about the location of a Walmart was deleted after a social media user called it “fake news.”
According to the user, the store had been shut down for security reasons, but it was still live on Facebook when the post was made.
In response, the company said it would be deleting the post.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has defended the post as fake news.
“It’s not fake news, it’s fake, but we will delete it,” Zuckerberg told Business Insider.
“We’re always going to try to find ways to get as many people to see it as possible.”
It’s unclear how many people actually saw the post, which included an image of the store and a message saying “it’s closed” and “please leave now.”
Facebook also told Business Insiders that the company is investigating the post’s origin and that it has a zero-tolerance policy against hate speech.
“This was one of those posts that made it into our feed, so it was very difficult to verify,” Facebook vice president of global policy and operations Ben Thompson said.
“That’s why we took immediate action to take the post down.”