Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, shot back at Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who attacked the move of the software company to test the tweets of President Trump on mail-in.
Zuckerberg weighed in on the escalating dust up between Trump and Twitter in a preview clip of his interview with Fox News’ Dana Perino. The topic at hand was the marking of the president’s tweets raising the alarm regarding alleged voter fraud in the forthcoming referendum, referring to “reality checkers” who claim there’s “no proof” who increased, national mail-in voting will raise fraud risks.
Critics then scrutinized Twitter’s own analysis. “We have a different policy than, I think, Twitter on this” Zuckerberg told “The Daily Briefing” in an interview planned for Thursday to be broadcast in full.
“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 refuted Zuckerberg’s comments in a late-night Twitter thread while defending Twitter’s “Head of Site Integrity” Yoel Roth after his hyper-partisan anti-Trump tweets were discovered in the wake of the politicized debate over Trump’s tweets.
“Fact check: there is someone ultimately accountable for our actions as a company, and that’s me,” Dorsey began. “Please leave our employees out of this. We’ll continue to point out incorrect or disputed information about elections globally. And we will admit to and own any mistakes we make.”
He continued, “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.”
Dorsey explained that Trump’s tweets “may mislead people into thinking they don’t need to register to get a ballot (only registered voters receive ballots),” adding that “We’re updating the link on @realDonaldTrump’s tweet to make this more clear.”
The connect, which relies as “fact-checkers” on The Washington Post and CNN, was modified with tweets from the ” Twitter Safety” page, which read, “We added a label to two @realDonaldTrump Tweets about California’s vote-by-mail plans as part of our efforts to enforce our civic integrity policy. We believe those Tweets could confuse voters about what they need to do to receive a ballot and participate in the election process,” also adding, “We also wanted to provide additional context and conversation with regard to voter fraud and mail-in ballots. We have a range of remediations, and in some cases we add labels that link to more context.”
Conservatives have attacked Dorsey ‘s tweets, blaming him for not taking more measures against Chinese misinformation amid the coronavirus epidemic that has erupted on the web.
“Thanks for the clarification @jack “This makes YOU accountable for allowing the Chinese Communist Party to abuse this site with misinformation & propaganda spread across the globe – all while the CCP bans and suppresses their own people from using Twitter!” Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y. reacted.
In reaction to Twitter’s intervention Thursday, Trump is expected to announce an executive order. The president accused Twitter of intervening with the 2020 election and stifling freedom of expression, while opponents argue that choices taken by a private corporation on what it puts on its website do not breach First Amendment rights.
Twitter ‘s latest alert mark was released even after a Twitter spokeswoman acknowledged to Fox News that Trump’s post had not violated some of the laws of the site, and even after some critics found mail-in ballots an opportunity to systemic abuse.
“Absentee ballots remain the largest source of potential voter fraud,” read the remainder of the 2005 joint study produced by the Federal Electoral Reform Committee, headed by former President Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James Baker.
The alarm mark caused conservatives to criticize Twitter once again for what they considered its perceived left-wing bias: just two months earlier, Twitter flagged a video posted as “manipulated information” by the Trump campaign, only to deny the campaign’s attempts to make the site flag upload a related video from the Biden squad.
“We always knew that Silicon Valley would pull out all the stops to obstruct and interfere with President Trump getting his message through to voters,” Trump 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement. “Partnering with the biased fake news media ‘fact checkers’ is only a smoke screen Twitter is using to try to lend their obvious political tactics some false credibility. There are many reasons the Trump campaign pulled all our advertising from Twitter months ago, and their clear political bias is one of them.“
“Twitter ‘fact-checkers’ really suck,” published Fox News blogger Dan Bongino. He linked to a 2012 post, headlined in The New York Times, “Error and Fraud at Issue as Absentee Voting Rises.” The article states that “votes cast by mail are less likely to be counted, more likely to be compromised and more likely to be contested than those cast in a voting booth, statistics show.”