By: Nandika Chand | Last Updated May 28, 2020
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has slammed Twitter after the White House announced that President Donald Trump will be signing an executive order against social media companies. This comes after Twitter for the first time on Tuesday said Trump’s tweets were potentially misleading. The president had falsely claimed that mail-in ballots lead to vote fraud.
Trump threatened to shut down the social network and accused it of stifling conservative voices. The announcement of the executive order has revived growing fears within the online industry that the Trump administration will target a 1996 statute that protects the companies from lawsuits. Experts say this statute has helped tech giants earn billions from users’ tweets, posts including photos and videos, with limited legal liability. And this has given them freedom or in other words advantage, to remove material which they deem objectionable.
Zuckerberg said social media companies should “not be the arbiter of truth”. He said Facebook had a very different policy than Twitter. “I just believe strongly that Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online.” The CEO told Fox News that private companies probably shouldn’t be in a position of doing that.
The US president, with over 80 million followers on the social network, accused Twitter and other social media platforms of being bias without offering evidence. On Wednesday, he tweeted that Republicans feel social media platforms silence conservative voices. “We will strongly regulate or close them down, before we can allow this to happen,” Trump said.
Meanwhile, the Internet Association said online platforms do not have a political bias. It said they offer more people a chance to be heard than at any point in history.