Trump’s executive order is pushing social media titans Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey to clash over how they handle free speech

Trump’s executive order is pushing social media titans Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey to clash over how they handle free speech
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  • President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order on Thursday that would scale back protections provided to internet platforms under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
  • The expected order has prompted Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to come forward and reiterate their differing approach’s to freedom of speech.
  • Zuckerberg said in broadcast media interviews that private companies shouldn’t be in the position of fact-checking political ads.
  • Dorsey, however, has maintained that it will continue to flag “incorrect or disputed information about elections globally.”

President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order on Thursday that would scale back Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a provision that shields websites, including social media giants, from bearing legal responsibility for posts published to their sites.

The expected order has prompted the leaders of Facebook and Twitter to reiterate their differing stances on freedom of expression and the handling political content, further fueling the debate over how tech giants should solve the ongoing issue of fighting misinformation.

Their latest comments once again highlight the divide between Facebook and Twitter’s respective strategies. Twitter said in October that it would not allow political advertisements on its platform, for example.

But Facebook has stood by its decision not to fact-check political ads, a controversial move that has drawn much scrutiny from lawmakers.

“We have a different policy than Twitter on this,” Zuckerberg said to 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.”

Source: Business Insider

 

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