Facebook and Twitter CEOs trade jabs over “fact-check” policy

by Peter Heck · May 28th, 2020 12:57 pm
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In an interview with Fox News' Dana Perino, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took a shot at fellow social media platform Twitter for its controversial decision to slap a warning label on and provide a fact check of President Trump's recent tweet about absentee voting.

"We have a different policy than, I think, Twitter on this," Zuckerberg said.

Suggesting that he believes strongly that social media platforms should not be "the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online," Zuckerberg said he has no plans to change his company's policy regarding the controversial content of some users. He echoed these sentiments in a discussion on CNBC's "Squawk Box."

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg had articulated this same view previously, saying the company is not interested in attempting to become the "publisher" of the content on its site.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey appeared to respond to Zuckerberg's remarks in a late-night Twitter thread defending his company's editorial decision, as well as the site's "Head of Site Integrity," Yoel Roth, after his personal biases against President Trump and other Republicans were exposed.

Dorsey's explanation might have backfired, however, as conservatives were quick to point out Twitter's focus on Trump while relative disinterest in "fact-checking" Chinese communist propaganda that has been prevalent on the platform throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

🔦 Trump has also weighed in on the issue, threatening social media companies that he is willing to use the power of the federal government to "close them down" if they persist in silencing conservative views.


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