Microblogging giant Twitter fact-checked one of President Trump’s tweets with a tag marking it “potentially misleading” about the mail-in ballot system. In a recent interview, the Facebook CEO however, told social media companies should not be “arbiters of truth,” regarding fact-checking.
The fact checking came on Thursday after the President wrote that mail-in ballots would be “substantially fraudulent.”
This however didn’t fend well with the president and he threatened to regulate social media over a social media executive order that could strip the companies of some legal protections on liability. Twitter instantly erupted with criticism on Trump’s dictum.
The Facebook CEO- Mark Zuckerberg came under the fire after he told in an interview with CNBC that social media should not fact check politics.
“I don’t think that Facebook or internet platforms, in general, should be arbiters of truth. Political speech is one of the most sensitive parts in a democracy, and people should be able to see what politicians say,” Zuckerberg told in an interview that aired Thursday morning.
“In terms of political speech, again, I think you want to give broad deference to the political process and political speech.”
Twitter CEO Jack tweeted, apparently responding to Zuckerberg’s ‘arbiters of truth’ comment:
“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. More transparency from us is critical so folks can clearly see the why behind our actions,” the Twitter CEO wrote.
At the time of writing this article, #MarkZuckerberg was trending number one in India and other countries, with people lashing out on the Facebook founder for his claim.
Here’re some tweets that were trending. The Guardian notes Zuckerberg’s comment is Facebook’s trial to ingratiate the company with the White House as Trump escalates war with Twitter. Earlier, the company had faced political pressure to fact-check disinformation campaigns on the platform.
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The President meanwhile is preparing to sign an executive order that could dissolve legal protection for social media companies over disputed posts. “Today, I am signing an Executive Order to protect and uphold the free speech and rights of the American people,” Trump wrote Thursday.
“The Trump Administration is making sure your taxpayer dollars don’t go to social media giants that unfairly repress free speech,” Trump tweeted.
This order however does not changes how social media companies operate, rather calls on the government to review federal laws that protect these companies from content liabilities, Cnet reports.
What is ahead only time will tell. What do you feel about social media fact-checking controversy? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
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