Regarding Twitter’s stand to fact-check the President of the United States garnered them a worldwide praise, Facebook has apparently decided to turn over a new stand. While Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer is no privy to making an unbiased stand, even quoting that social media companies should not be an “arbitrator of truth”, this time he upped the ante by actually not tagging the same post that Twitter deemed unworthy of placing on their platform.
The post that started a war for keeping their virtual presence intact started with Twitter fact-checking a certain tweet for the President of the United States about mail ballots. Following a series of tweets about the ongoing protests following the death of George Floyd, which Twitter ultimately started taking down. However, the same tweets were then transferred to President Trump’s Facebook handle which remain unscathed.
President Trump quoted-unquote wrote “When the looting starts, the shooting starts” in a post. Zuckerberg has previously defended his decision to leave the post on Facebook saying that even though he personally however, he believed that “people should be able to see for themselves”.
After a meeting that took place with pertaining the issue, civil liberty activists quoted that Mr. Zuckerberg was setting a dangerous precedent which can be exploited heavily.
“We are disappointed and stunned by Mark’s incomprehensible explanations for allowing the Trump posts to remain up,” they said in a joint statement.”He did not demonstrate understanding of historic or modern-day voter suppression and he refuses to acknowledge how Facebook is facilitating Trump’s call for violence against protesters.
If external pressure wasn’t enough to stem the CEO of the media giant, Facebook employees ranging close to 800 staged a virtual walkout by setting their voice machines and emails to “Out for the day” tone.