While appearing on CNBC's "Squawk Box," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he does not think social networks should fact-check political speech.
This response came after co-host Andrew Ross Roskin asked him what he thought about Twitter fact-checking tweets by President Trump.
On Tuesday President Trump tweeted that mail-in ballots would be "substantially fraudulent."
“I don’t think that Facebook or internet platforms in general should be arbiters of truth,” Zuckerberg said to Sorkin in the interview, per CNBC. “Political speech is one of the most sensitive parts in a democracy, and people should be able to see what politicians say.”
“Political speech is one of the most sensitive parts in a democracy, and people should be able to see what politicians say,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says. https://t.co/UExwF9fNK6 pic.twitter.com/AbmRLmBbur
— CNBC (@CNBC) May 28, 2020
It should be noted Facebook does have fact-checkers. Zuckerberg said those are in place to "really catch the worst of the worst stuff." Being a long-time battler of the Facebook fact-checking process I can say that's far from true.
“The point of that program isn’t to try to parse words on is something slightly true or false,” he said. “In terms of political speech, again, I think you want to give broad deference to the political process and political speech.”
You can watch the entire interview here:
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