Zuckerberg: 'Facebook shouldn't be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online'

Zuckerberg: 'Facebook shouldn't be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online'
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Facebook founder and CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergHillicon Valley: Broadband companies funded fake net neutrality comments, investigation finds | Twitter rolls out tip feature | Google to adopt 'hybrid work week' Oversight Board achieving what government cannot Warren: Trump is 'a danger to democracy' MORE on Wednesday doubled down on his defense of the platform not labeling misinformation shared by politicians after Twitter placed warnings on two posts from President TrumpDonald TrumpDemocrats, activists blast reported Trump DOJ effort to get journalists' phone records Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit Trump admin got phone records of WaPo reporters covering Russia probe: report MORE it deemed “misleading.” 

Asked by Fox News’ Dana Perino if he thought Twitter “made the wrong decision,” Zuckerberg said his platform has “a different policy than Twitter on this.” 

“I just believe strongly that Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online,” Zuckerberg said in the interview on Fox's "The Daily Briefing." “I think in general private companies probably shouldn't be — especially these platform companies — shouldn’t be in the position of doing that.” 


The rest of Zuckerberg's interview is scheduled to air Thursday. 

Twitter placed warnings on two of Trump’s tweets for the first time Tuesday. The warnings were placed on posts the president made making unsubstantiated claims that California’s mail-in voting was full of fraud. 

A spokesperson for Twitter told The Hill the president’s tweets “contain potentially misleading information about voting processes and have been labeled to provide additional context around mail-in ballots.” 

Zuckerberg has previously defended Facebook’s decision to allow politicians to post political ads with misleading or false claims on its platform. 

During a speech at Georgetown University in October, the CEO said he doesn’t think it's right for a private company to “censor politicians or the news in a democracy.” 

“Political ads on Facebook are more transparent than anywhere else,” Zuckerberg said. “We don’t fact check political ads… because we believe people should be able to see for themselves what politicians are saying.”