By now we’re all aware of how Twitter slapped a “fact check” label on one of Donald Trump’s tweets earlier this week. We also know about Twitter’s bias against the president, as evidenced by tweets from a company executive.
Regardless of what you think about Trump, it’s easy to see the attitude that Twitter has toward him and toward conservatives in general. We can contrast this attitude with that of Facebook, who is at least aiming for the appearance of fairness.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared on Fox News for an interview with Dana Perino that will air on Thursday, and he shared his opinion of the Twitter controversy.
“We have a different policy than, I think, Twitter on this,” Zuckerberg told “The Daily Briefing” in an interview scheduled to air in full on Thursday.
“I just believe strongly that Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online,” he added. “Private companies probably shouldn’t be, especially these platform companies, shouldn’t be in the position of doing that.”
Zuckerberg also talked about the president’s subsequent Twitter musings – which may be more than mere musings – about regulating social media platforms that “silence conservative voices.”
“I have to understand what they actually would intend to do,” Zuckerberg said in response to the president’s warning. “But in general, I think a government choosing to to censor a platform because they’re worried about censorship doesn’t exactly strike me as the the right reflex there.”
On Twitter, Dorsey fought back.
This truly is a tale of contrasting attitudes. For years conservatives have spoken out about censorship and unfair treatment at Twitter’s hands. I know of people on the right who have been suspended and banned over minor slights.
On the other hand, Facebook has done plenty of outreach to conservatives. Full disclosure: Facebook has sponsored the Resurgent Gatherings, and at both events, my interactions with Facebook’s people impressed me. In 2019 in particular, I had a couple of conversations where representatives of Facebook seemed genuinely interested in helping conservatives.
I can also tell you from personal experience how much help Facebook has given to churches and other faith-based organizations in the wake of quarantine. Facebook has gone to great lengths to make it easier for churches to stream services and for congregants to interact. As far as I know, Twitter has done no such thing.
Facebook isn’t perfect, but at least they’re trying. Twitter can’t say that.