Mark Zuckerberg called his rival on social media on Wednesday, saying that Twitter Inc. would not be fact-checked President Donald Trump – or anyone.
During a clip from an interview on Fox News “The Daily Briefing”, which will be broadcast in full on Thursday, Facebook Inc.
Co-Founder and CEO said that companies should not be the truth police.
“I just strongly believe that Facebook should not be the truth monitor for everything people say online.”
“We have a different policy than Twitter on this,” he said. “Private companies probably should not be, especially these platform companies, should not be able to do so.”
However, Facebook is warning users who “like” corona virus misinformation and in March removed a Trump campaign ad that had been called misleading about the US census.
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Founder and CEO of Twitter, Dor Dorsey, responded to Zuckerberg’s comments in a series of tweets Wednesday night.
“We continue to point out incorrect or disputed information about elections globally,” he said. “This does not make us a” truth-monitor “. Our intention is to link points with contradictory statements and show the information in dispute so that people can judge for themselves. More openness from us is critical so people can clearly see why behind our actions. “
In the interview, Zuckerberg also said that Trump should not retaliate against companies in social media.
“In general, I think a government that chooses to censor a platform because they are worried about censorship doesn’t really see me as the right reflex,” he said.
Late Wednesday, the White House said Trump will sign an executive order on social media companies on Thursday. It was unclear what the order would mean. Earlier in the day, Trump threatened to “strongly regulate” or shut down social media companies seeking to “silence conservative voices.”
Harvard professor and constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe tweeted Tuesday that Trump’s threat is “Absolutely absurd and legally illiterate,” to say that Twitter’s policy is “absolutely protected under the First Amendment as an opinion.”
On Tuesday, Twitter added a fact-checking warning label to two of Trump’s tweets, in which he made substantiated and false statements about voting by mail.
“These tweets contain potentially misleading information about voting processes and have been labeled to provide additional context around post-in polls,” a Twitter spokesman said in a statement Tuesday. “This decision is in line with the strategy we shared earlier this month.”
Twitter set rules earlier in May on disputed or misleading tweets, saying they will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and removed only if they are harmful.
and other social media sites have been severely criticized in recent years for their failure to monitor misinformation on their platforms.