Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has waded into the spat between President Trump and Twitter.
Speaking to Fox News in the US, Zuckerberg has criticised Twitter for deciding to add fact-checking warnings to President Trump’s tweets.
The move sparked retaliation from the President who appears to be preparing an executive order targeting social media companies.
And according to Zuckerberg, it’s not the place of private companies to interfere with what people post online.
In his interview with Fox, Facebook’s Zuckerberg said that it was not the place of the company to act as an ‘arbiter of truth’.
‘We have a different policy than, I think, Twitter on this,’ he said.
‘I just believe strongly that Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online,’ he added.
‘Private companies probably shouldn’t be, especially these platform companies, shouldn’t be in the position of doing that.’
Dorsey has immediately responded on Twitter, saying that fact checking does not make them an arbiter of truth.
This does not make us an “arbiter of truth.” Our intention is to connect the dots of conflicting statements and show the information in dispute so people can judge for themselves. More transparency from us is critical so folks can clearly see the why behind our actions.
— jack (@jack) May 28, 2020
Zuckerberg’s decision to get involved in the debate may come because any executive order Trump imposes could end up affecting Facebook as well as Twitter.
White House officials said the President would be singing the order on Thursday but gave no further information on what is expected in it.
The Washington Post reported it will order federal regulators to review Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which provides online platforms with vital protection from liability for content posted by their users.
Such changes could expose tech companies to more lawsuits.
Federal regulators could also be given responsibility for investigating complaints of political bias to determine whether tech companies’ content-moderation policies conflict with their pledges for neutrality, US media reports.
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has led to a push for the November presidential election to be held via mail-in votes, with Trump repeatedly claiming such a measure would lead to widespread-fraud to his 80 million followers.
Twitter tagged the tweet as ‘potentially misleading’ and linked to a page that described the claims as ‘unsubstantiated’.
Twitter has tightened its policies in recent years after coming under criticism for not doing enough to stop fake accounts and misinformation spreading.
Mr Trump wrote a similar post on Facebook post about mail-in ballots on Tuesday, and no such warnings were applied.