Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said that the platform would not be following Twitter’s example to fact-check claims made by President Donald Trump.
His comments came after Twitter, for the first time, added a fact-check warning to a tweet by Trump, in which he made false claims about mail-in ballots and voter fraud.
“We have a different policy than Twitter on this,” Zuckerberg told Fox News’ Dana Perino on Wednesday.
“I believe strongly that Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online. I think in general, private companies shouldn’t be, especially these platform companies, shouldn’t be in the position of doing that.”
On Wednesday night Trump dramatically escalated a dispute with social media companies, drawing up an executive order designed to cut back the legal protections that they have to shield them against liability for what is said on their platforms.