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Written by Nick Heer.

Mark Zuckerberg, Proud of Facebook’s Fact Checking Work, Says That Fact Checking Is a Bad Idea

Kate Cox, Ars Technica:

Almost exactly two weeks ago, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was touting the success his platform has had with fact-checking and false-content warnings on posts. This week, however, Zuckerberg told Fox News that, really, he doesn’t think Facebook should be in the fact-checking business at all.

“I just believe strongly that Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online,” Zuckerberg said in an interview with Dana Perino. “Private companies probably shouldn’t be, especially these platform companies, shouldn’t be in the position of doing that.”

Perino, George W. Bush’s final press secretary, is now a Fox News host. Twitter has long been known as Trump’s favourite social media network and Fox has long been his favourite television network, so this smells like a cynical way to ingratiate Facebook with him.

Melissa Ryan:

I’ve been a frequent critic of [Twitter] and [Jack Dorsey’s] leadership. I’ll be a critic again in the future. But I really appreciate Twitter’s actions this week, and the months of policy changes that went into making it happen.

Well said.