Mike Isaac and Cecilia Kang, reporting for The New York Times:
Twitter’s face-off escalated Friday morning, when the company
attached an addendum to one of Mr. Trump’s tweets. The
company said the tweet had the potential to incite violence amid
protests in Minneapolis. Facebook didn’t do anything when the
same post was added to its service.
Jack Dorsey, chief executive of Twitter, took to his site not
long after to say Twitter would not back down, presenting a
stark contrast to Mr. Zuckerberg, who, in an interview a day
earlier with Fox News, said Facebook wasn’t going to judge Mr.
“We’ve been pretty clear on our policy that we think that it
wouldn’t be right for us to do fact checks for politicians,” Mr.
Zuckerberg said. “I think in general, private companies probably
shouldn’t be — or especially these platform companies —
shouldn’t be in the position of doing that.”
Zuckerberg, testifying before Congress back in October, said otherwise when answering a question from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:
“If anyone, including a politician, is saying things that can
cause, that is calling for violence or could risk imminent
physical harm — or voter or census suppression, when we roll out
the census suppression policy — we will take that content down.”
When it was in the abstract, he said Facebook would do the right thing. When the rubber hit the road and Trump started posting voter suppression propaganda (re: mail-in balloting) and a clear incitement to violence, Facebook got in line behind Trump.
Even if you think Zuckerberg’s doing the right thing by not touching Trump’s posts — which I see the argument for — you’re admitting that he lied while answering Ocasio-Cortez’s question.
★ Friday, 29 May 2020