Zuckerberg Criticizes Twitter for Adding Warning Labels to Trump’s Posts

Joanna Estrada
May 28, 2020

Other sources cited by the media said the new executive order will have to do with countering what Trump and right-wingers allege is a suppression of conservative viewpoints by both social media and tech firms.

Two administration officials outlined the draft order on the condition of anonymity because it was still being finalized Thursday morning. But a draft was circulating on Twitter - where else?

"This will be a Big Day for Social Media and FAIRNESS!"

"Trump's threat to use the executive branch's power to punish internet companies for Twitter's mild fact check of his statements is exactly the kind of abuse of power that the Constitution and our First Amendment were written to prevent", Laroia said in a statement. The Trump tweets in question falsely claimed that the governor of California was sending out mail-in ballots to "anyone living in the state, no matter who they are or how they got there". The social media platform added disclaimers to two tweets, urging Twitter users to "get the facts about mail-in ballots".

His comments come after the president accused Twitter of election interference and of having a "clear political bias".

Mr Dorsey today reinforced his stance on pointing out "incorrect or disputed information about elections globally". "Our intention is to connect the dots of conflicting statements and show the information in dispute so people can judge for themselves", he tweeted.

Twitter's move against Trump's tweet is probably horrifying to fellow social media giant Facebook, whose CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, responded to it by reiterating in an interview with Fox News his long-held position that private companies shouldn't be "the arbiter of truth".

Fox said it would play its full interview with Mr Zuckerberg on Thursday.

Trump tweeted to his over 80 million followers railing against mail-in voting, and doubled down on those comments at a press conference on Tuesday. Prominent Republicans, including Rep. Liz Cheney and Sen.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Trump's planned order "outrageous" and a "distraction" from the current coronavirus crisis, and criticized tech companies for their selective action or inaction regarding harmful or false posts. The president's critics, meanwhile, have scolded the platforms for allowing him to put forth false or misleading information that could confuse voters.

For years, Twitter and Facebook have enjoyed a healthy rivalry: They've competed for acquisitions, talent and advertising dollars, and sometimes gone so far as to copy each others' features in the never-ending pursuit to grow their audiences.

"There are important reasons to restructure the law to make the web more open and free, but this executive order is a distraction".

But social media taking sides aside, could Trump really issue an executive order that would be an existential threat to Twitter?

Meanwhile, the companies are gearing up to combat misinformation around the November elections. Twitter noted that the post does not violate Twitter's rules because "it does not directly try to dissuade people from voting".

Zuckerberg told Fox News's "The Daily Briefing" that privately-owned digital platforms should not act as the "arbiter of truth," after Twitter added fact-checking labels on the president's posts for the first time on Tuesday.

"I have to understand what they actually would intend to do", Zuckerberg said.

'We have a different policy than, I think, Twitter on this, ' he said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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