Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently commented on Twitter’s fact-checking of President Trump’s tweets, telling Fox News’ Dana Perino that private digital platforms should not act as de facto arbiters,media reported. “Our policy on this issue is different from Twitter’s. “
“I just firmly believe that Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of everything people say online,” he added. “Private companies probably shouldn’t be in this position, especially these platform companies. “
Zuckerberg’s comments came after President Trump warned social media giants that the federal government could impose tough regulations or shut them down directly if they continue to silence conservative voices.
Responding to the president’s warning, Zuckerberg said: “I have to understand what they’re actually going to do.” But on the whole, I don’t think it seems to me that governments that choose to censor a platform because of concerns about censorship do not seem to me to be the right response. “
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey responded late Wednesday, saying, “We will continue to point to incorrect or controversial information about global elections.” We will acknowledge our mistakes and are willing to take responsibility for them. “
“This does not make us the ‘arbiter of truth,'” Dorsey continued. Transparency is essential so that people can clearly see the reasons behind our actions. “
Facebook has been criticized in the past for failing to deal with controversial content on the platform, but Zuckerberg does not appear to have any plans to change the company’s policy on the issue. In a 2017 interview with CNBC, ceo Sheryl Sandberg made a similar sentiment, saying the tech giant had no intention of “being a publisher, and we certainly don’t want to be the arbiter of the truth.”