Zuckerberg on Twitter: Social Media Sites Should Not Be “Arbiter of Truth”




Twitter caused an absolute firestorm of controversy on Tuesday after President Donald Trump tweeted out his concerns about the potential for voter fraud in a massive mail-in balloting initiative. Instead of allowing the president the space to air his well-founded opinions, Twitter buckled under pressure from leftists who would like to turn the 2020 election into a mail-in only affair. They took the unprecedented step of affixing a fact-check label to Trump’s tweet, linking users to a special paragraph informing them that there is “no evidence” that mail-in voting would increase the risk of fraudulent activity.

“Experts say mail-in ballots are very rarely linked to voter fraud,” the message read.

In an interview with Fox News on Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he did not agree with the actions taken by his social media rival.

“We have a different policy than, I think, Twitter on this,” Zuckerberg said. “I just believe strongly that Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online. Private companies probably shouldn’t be, especially these platform companies, shouldn’t be in the position of doing that.”

Zuckerberg’s remarks stirred Twitter chief Jack Dorsey to respond on his own platform as he defended himself and Twitter’s Head of Site Integrity, Yoel Roth, whose social media history depicts a man deeply and irrevocably infected with Trump Derangement Syndrome.

“Fact check: there is someone ultimately accountable for our actions as a company, and that’s me,” Dorsey tweeted. “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.

“This does not make us an ‘arbiter of truth,’” Dorsey continued. “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.”

Dorsey went on to link to a new version of the “fact check,” which explained: “We added a label to two @realDonaldTrump Tweets about California’s vote-by-mail plans as part of our efforts to enforce our civic integrity policy. We believe those Tweets could confuse voters about what they need to do to receive a ballot and participate in the election process.”

But of course, there was nothing in the original labels that had anything to do with confused voters not knowing how to register for a mail-in ballot. This is all after-the-fact nonsense that Twitter is using as a distraction from their badly-misguided decision.

All we’ll say: If Twitter is going to make sure that every incorrect tweet on their platform gets a label, they’d better get busy. They’ve got a lot of work ahead of them.


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