Zuckerberg Says Twitter Shouldn’t Fact-Check Trump, Twitter Says it Won’t Stop
Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, has come out against Twitter’s decision to start fact-checking President Trump’s tweets. Zuckerberg voiced his opinion during an interview with Fox News on Wednesday. Zuckerberg believes that social media companies should not be in the business of fact-checking their users.
Fact check: there is someone ultimately accountable for our actions as a company, and that’s me. Please leave our employees out of this. We’ll continue to point out incorrect or disputed information about elections globally. And we will admit to and own any mistakes we make.
— jack (@jack) May 28, 2020
Twitter began fact-checking Trump by adding a label to his tweet that said that mail-in voting creates more fraud. Twitter’s label reads, “Get the facts about mail-in ballots.” The label links to a page that claims the opposite of Trump’s claim. It says there is no evidence that voting by mail causes more fraud.
Zuckerberg said of Twitter’s decision, “We have a different policy, I think than Twitter on this.” He added, “I just believe strongly that Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online. In general, private companies probably shouldn’t be, especially these platform companies, shouldn’t be in the position of doing that.”
Dana Perino who conducted the interview with Zuckerberg gave some details about the interview. She says that Facebook refuses to censor anyone on its site. It would only step in if the rhetoric is dangerous enough.
Facebook has been accused by many of spreading misinformation. The company did have an effort to reign in some rhetoric but stopped because they thought it was too “paternalistic.” They were also afraid of being seen as censoring the right.
A Facebook spokesperson said to The Verge, “We’ve built a robust integrity team, strengthened our policies and practices to limit harmful content and used research to understand our platform’s impact on society so we continue to improve. Just this past February we announced $2M in funding to support independent research proposals on polarization.”
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has a completely different view. In a fury of tweets, Dorsey said the company would keep fact-checking Trump despite Trump’s threats. The President has threatened to sign an executive order that would remove certain legal protections for social media companies.
Dorsey said that Twitter would, “continue to point out incorrect or disputed information about elections globally. And we will admit to and own any mistakes we make. This does not make us an ‘arbiter of truth.’ Our intention is to connect the dots of conflicting statements and show the information in dispute so people can judge for themselves.”
We await to see what President Trump’s next move will be.