WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg weighs in on Twitter’s actions to fact-check Donald Trump’s tweets regarding mail-in ballots leading to voter fraud.
- In a Fox News interview on Thursday’s “The Daily Briefing”, Zuckerberg said, “We have a different policy, I think than Twitter on this.”
- He further mentioned that social media platforms shouldn’t be “arbiters of the truth”.
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, said in a Fox interview on Thursday that Twitter made a mistake by fact-checking President Donald Trump’s tweets about possible cheating in mail-in ballots. The tech billionaire added that Twitter and Facebook “have a different policy” regarding the issue.
In response, Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey said that they would continue to point out incorrect or disputed information about elections globally.
Dorsey also tweeted, “This does not make us an ‘arbiter of truth’.”
In his opinion, their goal is to connect the dots of conflicting statements and show the information in dispute so people can judge for themselves. He feels that more transparency leads people to clearer views on the reasons behind each decision.
Following the fact-check from Twitter, the enraged Trump felt violated that he was losing his freedom of speech. The USA president believes that social media websites are censoring Republicans, threatening to “close them down” so he later pledged to impose “big action” against them.
“Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives [sic] voices. We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
Meanwhile, users on Facebook are also retaliating against the platform as they feel the site is not doing enough to protect them from malicious and harmful content.
Zuckerberg didn’t appear to do anything different and was baffled at the idea that the government would regulate speech on any social media platform.
He said, “Well, I mean, look, I have to understand what they actually would intend to do,” he said. “But in general, I think a government choosing to censor a platform because they’re worried about censorship doesn’t exactly strike me as the right reflex there.”
Source: New York Post