Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Twitter was wrong to fact-check President Trump’s tweets that made the dubious claim that mail-in ballots increase voter fraud.
Zuckerberg reasoned that the social media platforms shouldn’t be the “arbiters of truth”
“We have a different policy, I think, than Twitter on this,” Zuckerberg said in an excerpt from a Fox News interview scheduled to air on The Daily Briefing Thursday.
“I just believe strongly that Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online,” Zuckerberg went on. “In general, private companies probably shouldn’t be, especially these platform companies, shouldn’t be in the position of doing that.”
Twitter on Tuesday added fact-checking footnotes to two of Trump’s tweets on mail-in voting in the form of hyperlinks with the text “Get the facts about mail-in ballots.”
The decision immediately outraged Trump, who claimed his free speech was being violated. The president on Wednesday promised “big action” against social media sites he believes are censoring Republicans and threatened to “close them down.”