Twitter also fact-checks China official on coronavirus

Twitter also fact-checks China official on coronavirus

Twitter also fact-checks China official on coronavirus

Dorsey tweeted: "Fact check: there is someone ultimately accountable for our actions as a company, and that's me".

Dorsey fired back in a tweet posted Wednesday night, saying the fact-check was created to make sure people didn't misunderstand the president's tweet and believe they didn't need to register to vote in order to receive an absentee ballot. "More transparency from us is critical so folks can clearly see the why behind our actions", said the Twitter CEO.

The Trump tweets in question falsely claimed that the governor of California was sending out mail-in ballots to "anyone living in the state, no matter who they are or how they got there".

The drama between Twitter and Trump shows that a backlash against large tech companies, which had receded in the initial phases of the pandemic, is now back in full force.

In a taped television interview that ran Thursday morning on Fox, Zuckerberg said, "I just believe strongly that Facebook shouldn't be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online".

"Of course, you know my view of this and I've said it before - Facebook, all of them, they are all about making money".

Despite Trump's posturing, legal experts say any attempts to alter Section 230 of the law would be met with a court challenge and is likely unconstitutional.

The American Civil Liberties Union said the First Amendment of the US Constitution limits any action the president could take. Trump has also leveled the same charges against Twitter and Facebook. Apple did not respond to a request for comment.

The president accused the platform - in a tweet - of stifling free speech and silencing conservative voices.

Dorsey said Trump's tweets may have misled people into thinking they did not need to register to receive a ballot.

"Clean up your act, NOW!"

The president, a heavy user of Twitter with more than 80 million followers, added: "Clean up your act, NOW!"

As you might imagine, Twitter's fact-checking of the president has ignited a political firestorm.

"There are important reasons to restructure the law to make the web more open and free", said Miller, "but this executive order is a distraction and we should all have learned to ignore distractions like this from Trump by now".

But that didn't stop Mr Trump from angrily issuing strong warnings. Shares of both Twitter and Facebook fell on Wednesday.

The claim that Twitter is biased against conservatives fits the White House narrative that the billionaire president is still an outsider politician running against the elite.

White House officials complained that Twitter did not originally append fact checks to China Foreign Ministry Spokesman Lijan Zhao, who without evidence wrote that "it might be" the USA military that brought the coronavirus to China. Chuck Schumer jabbed at President Trump on Twitter Thursday after the commander in chief's public dispute with the social media giant earlier this week.

In recent years Twitter has tightened its policies amid criticism that its hands-off approach allowed fake accounts and misinformation to thrive. Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon are facing antitrust probes by the U.S. Justice Department, the Federal Trade Commission, state attorneys general and a U.S. congressional panel.

The draft order, which has not been finalized, "chiefly seeks to embolden federal regulators to rethink a portion of law known as Section 230", The Washington Post reported.

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