As reported earlier, Twitter tagged two of Donald Trump’s tweets on Tuesday with a fact-checking note indicating that his statements were misleading. Angered over the notes, Trump later accused Twitter of attempting to influence the upcoming 2020 presidential election.
“We have a different policy than Twitter on this,” Zuckerberg told Perino when asked about Twitter’s decision to fact-check Trump.
“I just believe strongly that Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online,” he said. “I think in general, private companies probably shouldn’t be — especially these platform companies — shouldn’t be in the position of doing that.”
A preview of Zuckerberg’s interview was published Wednesday and is scheduled to air in full on Thursday.
Trump’s tweets warned, without evidence, of “substantially fraudulent” voting in states that plan to use mail-in ballots this November.
Twitter added this note to Trump’s tweets:
“Trump falsely claimed that mail-in ballots would lead to ‘a Rigged Election.’ However, fact-checkers say there is no evidence that mail-in ballots are linked to voter fraud.”
Ideally, Social Media is a really powerful medium through which individuals’ thoughts and actions can be shaped, so disseminating false information could lead to negative reactions from the public. At the same time, Social Media platforms cannot continue to “baby” it’s users who should know how to research before letting any information influence their thoughts and actions.