In an interview with Fox News on Thursday, Zuckerberg reprimanded twitter for labeling two of U.S. President Trump’s tweets with facts-check regarding mail-in ballot increases voter fraud. Zuckerberg stated that private companies should not be interfering with people’s opinions online and that they shouldn’t be the “arbiter of truth”. He said “We have a different policy, I think, than Twitter on this. I just believe strongly that Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online,” Zuckerberg continued. “In general, private companies probably shouldn’t be, especially these platform companies, shouldn’t be in the position of doing that.”
To this, Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, immediately fired back in a thread of three tweets saying “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.” He also said, “ We’ll continue to point out incorrect and disputed information about election globally”. He continued by saying “Per our Civic Integrity policy, the tweets yesterday may mislead people into thinking they don’t need to register to get a ballot (only registered voters receive ballots)’.
The rift between the two CEOs got on President Trump’s nerves and threatened to close the social media sites and big actions will be taken against social media sites. He tweeted “Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices. We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen. We saw what they attempted to do, and failed, in 2016. We can’t let a more sophisticated version of that happen again”.
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