Twitter CEO defended the fact checking action against US President Donald Trump tweets

Twitter CEO defended the fact checking action against US President Donald Trump tweets

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Thursday defended the fact-checking action against US President Donald Trump tweets, saying the micro-blogging platform would continue to point out incorrect or disputed information about elections globally.

"Fact check: there is someone ultimately accountable for our actions as a company, and that's me. Please leave our employees out of this. We'll continue to point out incorrect or disputed information about elections globally. And we will admit to and own any mistakes we make," tweeted Dorsey.

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Trump had warned social media giants that his government could "strongly regulate" or "close them down" after Twitter fact-checked one of his tweets for the first time.

Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway had earlier targetted Twitter's head of site integrity, Yoel Roth, on Fox News after finding some older tweets from him that were critical of the president and the US administration.

"Somebody in San Francisco go wake him up and tell him he's about to get a lot more followers," Conway was quoted as saying.

Trump supporters shared screenshots of old Roth tweets on social media, slamming him all over.

The Twitter CEO said the action on Trump's tweets does not make them an "arbiter of truth", referring to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg who jumped into the fray, criticizing Twitter for flagging tweets by Trump.

"Our intention is to connect the dots of conflicting statements and show the information in dispute so people can judge for themselves. More transparency from us is critical so folks can clearly see the why behind our actions," Dorsey stressed.

Twitter Safety said that action against Trump's tweets about California`s vote-by-mail plans is part of efforts to enforce the civic integrity policy.

"We believe those Tweets could confuse voters about what they need to do to receive a ballot and participate in the election process," said Twitter Safety.

Dorsey said that as per the civic integrity policy, Trump tweets "may mislead people into thinking they don't need to register to get a ballot (only registered voters receive ballots)".

"We're updating the link on @realDonaldTrump's tweet to make this more clear", he said.

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Published on: May 28, 2020 15:59:23

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