But two years later, Zuckerberg and Facebook are still struggling with their responsibilities and how to manage one of their best-known users: President Donald Trump.
His phrase “when the looting begins, the shooting begins”
But the exact same message, which says “looting” will lead to “shooting” and referring to “THUGS,” was posted on Trump’s Facebook account at 1:10 p.m. ET, just minutes after his first tweet. The president’s announcement was also published on Instagram, which is owned by Facebook.
As of the publication, the posts remained on both platforms without any label. And although Trump may be more associated with his Twitter account, he still has tens of millions of followers on Facebook. His Facebook posts have been shared more than 47,000 times and had more than 200,000 comments and Instagram posts have more than 300,000 likes.
Facebook did not comment on Friday morning if it would do anything about the post.
Facebook’s passivity to the post so far is just the latest example that highlights a divergent strategy between two of the most prominent social networks in how they handle some of Trump’s most controversial posts.
“We have a different policy than, I think, Twitter on this,” Zuckerberg said, “I just strongly believe that Facebook should not be the truth-breaker for everything people say online.”
Facebook seemed to lean toward its previously declared policy of not fact-checking politicians. But Zuckerberg has said there would be some exceptions to the controversial policy, including the threat of violence.
“Even for politicians, we don’t allow content that causes violence or risks imminent harm – and, of course, we don’t allow voter suppression,” Zuckerberg said in a speech in Washington last year.