The CEOs of Facebook and Twitter are not unanimous about the social media’s responsibility for the information they use to distribute. The White House argues that President Donald Trump intends to issue a social media directive after Twitter made reservations about allegations he made last week.
President Trump is very upset that Twitter has for the first time marked his tease, citing media fact-checking on Tuesday. In the meantime, Trump made a mistake about the postal vote, which various states want to make voters easier to use in the coronavirus epidemic and election fraud. The president, among other things, incorrectly argued that California intended to send all residents of the state a ballot that should lead to massive election fraud. However, only voters who are registered in the electoral register receive the ballot paper.
Subsequently, the White House said Trump was planning to sign a social media directive today. No estimate has yet been reported as to what it might include. Unconfirmed reports imply that the directive is directed against the legal immunity enjoyed by social media companies against being targeted by what users say on the media.
Social media companies have criticized in recent years for allowing all kinds of propaganda and information falsification to be laundered on their media, not least on the eve of elections. At the same time, US conservatives have blamed the companies for the political blowout and silencing the right-wing.
Doesn’t Facebook say “judge of truth”
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg quit Twitter for the company’s decision to make a reservation with teasing Trump in an interview with Fox News TV yesterday. He said that Facebook was not going to monitor the truthfulness of US President’s statements.
“I believe strongly that Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online,” Zuckerberg said in the interview.
The criticism, however, does not appear to have changed the opinion of Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, about the excellence of the decision to label Trump. The president’s tic could have given people the wrong idea that they do not have to sign up for the electoral roll to get elected.
In a row, Dorsey said Twitter was going to continue to point out false or controversial information about global elections. He seemed to answer Zuckerberg directly.
This does not make Twitter the ‘judge of truth’. The goal of Twitter is to put conflicting statements in context and show the information shared so people can judge for themselves, quipped Dorsey, who asked people to leave Twitter staff alone, as it was ultimately him/herself who was responsible actions of the company.
Fact check: there is someone ultimately accountable for our actions as a company, and that’s me. 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.
— jack (@jack) May 28, 2020