Zuckerberg Backs Trump Against Twitter
Social Media Reset Looms
“This will be a Big Day for Social Media and Fairness”-Trump
“Social Media shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth,”-Mark Zuckerberg
“Our intention is to connect the dots of conflicting statements”- Jack Dorsey
Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg has reacted to the festering feud between the US President Donald Trump and Twitter saying it is not the responsibility of social media platforms to fact check social media posts.
According to the Facebook Chief, “I just believe strongly that Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth. I think in general private companies, especially these platform companies shouldn’t be in the position of doing that.”
Trump and many Republicans have criticized Twitter over the fact-check messages on Trump’s tweets about mail-in voting, which alerted users to “get the facts” after Trump made an unsubstantiated claim that mail-in voting would lead to rampant voter fraud. Trump accused Twitter of censoring him and other conservative voices and vowed to take action against social media companies.
“Twitter has now shown that everything we have been saying about them (and their other compatriots) is correct,” Trump had tweeted. “Big action to follow!” Trump added.
The White House later announced that Trump will sign an executive order on social media companies, which analysts expect will target Section 230, a piece of legislation that protects social media companies from being liable for the content that users post on their sites. Stripping this immunity would put Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and many other platforms at risk of a deluge of lawsuits from users.
“This will be a Big Day for Social Media and Fairness!” Trump said in one of his tweets.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has stood by his company’s decision to add the fact-checking message.
“Our intention is to connect the dots of conflicting statements and show the information in dispute so people can judge for themselves,” Dorsey tweeted.
“More transparency from us is critical so folks can clearly see the why behind our actions.” Dorsey said. He also asked critics to focus their attention on him, as conservative commentators had targeted a Twitter executive for years-old tweets that criticized Trump.
“There is someone ultimately accountable for our actions as a company, and that’s me,” Dorsey wrote. “Please leave our employees out of this. We’ll continue to point out incorrect or disputed information about elections globally. And we will admit to and own any mistakes we make.”
Reacting to Zuckerberg’s comments on the development Dorsey said “This does not make us an arbiter of truth,’” he said.
Trump on his part described Zuckerberg’s comment on the matter as “An obviously true statement.”
Trump Executive order is expected to change Social operations globally.