FB: Don’t want to be a “truth arbiter” but check the identity of the user behind the popular Pages

This week, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order that would limit legal protections that prevent social media platforms from taking responsibility for user-generated content,media reported. Before that, Twitter tagged several of the president’s tweets as fact-checking. In response to Twitter’s move, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg argued that social networks — and private companies in general — should not be “arbiter of the truth.”

“Political discourse is one of the most sensitive parts of a democratic society, and people should be able to see what politicians say,” he said. “

Zuckerberg explained that while Facebook has a fact-checking process, its goal is to really capture the worst part of the worst.

Facebook is more inclined to make sure that the content posted on Facebook comes from real people, so it now verifies the identity of the owner of the well-known Facebook Pages in the United States. Specifically, it will prioritize extensive authentication for accounts that have a large number of user followers. While this ID verification requires the consent of the user behind the account, if it does not, Facebook will limit the visibility of its published content and reduce its chances of spreading.