Mark Zuckerberg called out his social media rival on Wednesday and said Twitter Inc. shouldn’t check for facts on President Donald Trump – or anyone.
Facebook Inc. announced during a clip from an interview in Fox News’ “The Daily Briefing” that will be fully aired on Thursday.
Co-founder and CEO said companies shouldn’t be the truth police.
“I firmly believe that Facebook should not be the arbiter of the truth about everything people say online.”
“We have a different policy than Twitter in this regard,” he said. “Private companies should probably not be able to do this, especially those platform companies.”
However, Facebook warns users who “like” misinformation about the corona virus and removed a Trump campaign ad in March that was described as misleading by the US Census.
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Co-founder and CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, replied to Zuckerberg’s comments in a series of tweets Wednesday night.
“We will continue to report false or controversial information about elections worldwide,” he said. “This does not make us an” arbiter of truth. “Our intention is to connect the points of contradicting statements and to show the information at issue so that people can judge for themselves. More transparency from us is crucial to make people clear can see why is behind our actions. “
In the interview, Zuckerberg also said Trump shouldn’t take revenge on social media companies.
“In general, I think that a government that chooses to censor a platform because it is concerned about censorship doesn’t see me as the right reflex,” he said.
The White House announced late Wednesday that Trump would sign a regulation on social media companies on Thursday. It was unclear what the order would include. Earlier in the day, Trump threatened to “tightly regulate” or shut down social media companies trying to “silence conservative voices”.
Harvard professor and constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe tweeted Tuesday that Trump’s threats are “Completely absurd and legal illiterate” Twitter’s policy was “absolutely protected by the first change as an expression of opinion”.
On Tuesday, Twitter added two of Trump’s tweets to a fact-checking warning label, in which he made unsubstantiated and false claims about the vote via email.
“These tweets may contain misleading information about voting processes and have been marked to provide additional context for mail-in voting,” a Twitter spokesman said in a statement on Tuesday. “This decision is in line with the approach we shared earlier this month.”
Twitter set rules for controversial or misleading tweets at the beginning of May, stating that they would be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and only removed if they were harmful.
and other social media sites have been sharply criticized in recent years for failing to monitor misinformation on their platforms.