Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey has fired back at President Donald Trump and Mark Zuckerberg for criticizing his companies decision to fact-check Trump’s tweets about mail-in voting.
It all started after Twitter applied its fact-check label to two tweets shared by President Donald Trump, which prompted readers to fact check the president’s claims.
Following the decision to fact-check Trumps tweets, Twitter faced a lot of black lash.
Trump, while responding to the fact-check link said: “Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices. We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen,”
Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg also weighed in on the online drama. In a preview clip of his interview with Fox News’ Dana Perino, Zuckerberg claimed that it is not the place of private companies to interfere in what people say online.
Zuckerberg said: “We have a different policy than, I think, Twitter on this,
“I just believe strongly that Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online,
“Private companies probably shouldn’t be, especially these platform companies, shouldn’t be in the position of doing that.”
Jack Dorsey immediately took issue with the comments, clapping back that the decision to fact-check “does not make us an arbiter of truth.”
He stated that Trump’s tweets were fact-checked because they “may mislead people into thinking they don’t need to register to get a ballot.”
Jack Dorsey tweeted: “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.
Per our Civic Integrity policy (https://help.twitter.com/en/rules-and-policies/election-integrity-policy…), the tweets yesterday may mislead people into thinking they don’t need to register to get a ballot (only registered voters receive ballots). We’re updating the link on @realDonaldTrump’s tweet to make this more clear.”
Twitter also made a clarification on its decision to add a fact-checking link to two of Trump’s tweets.
Their tweet read: “We added a label to two @realDonaldTrump Tweets about California’s vote-by-mail plans as part of our efforts to enforce our civic integrity policy. We believe those Tweets could confuse voters about what they need to do to receive a ballot and participate in the election process.”