- Facebook's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, has berated rival social media giant, Twitter, for fact-checking some President Trump's tweets
- Twitter had tagged two of President Trump’s tweets about mail-in voting with fact-check links, a decision that attracted Trump's anger
- Zuckerberg said private companies “shouldn't be the arbiter of truth"
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Facebook's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, has criticised Twitter for fact-checking some tweets posted by the president of the United States, Donald Trump.
Twitter had tagged two of President Trump’s tweets about mail-in voting with fact-check links.
Forbes reports that Zuckerberg, however, berated Twitter, saying private companies “shouldn't be the arbiter of truth.”
"Facebook shouldn't be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online,” Zuckerberg said in an interview with Fox News.
"Private companies probably shouldn't be, especially these platform companies, shouldn't be in the position of doing that."
Though Facebook takes down ads that discourage people from voting, Legit.ng gathers that a Facebook spokesperson said Trump’s tweets, which were also posted as Facebook statuses, did not violate its rules, which “focus on misrepresentations that would interfere with the vote.”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that President Trump on Wednesday, May 27, threatened to close down the micro-blogging site, Twitter and other social media platforms.
This threat from President Trump came after he was fact-checked by Twitter following his comment on Tuesday, May 26, that mail-in ballots could encourage fraudulent activities.
Angered by the site's position that his tweet lacked evidence to prove this, Trump asked social media platforms to clear up their act immediately.
The US president claimed that there is a general feeling in the Republican party that social media is out to silence the voices of conservatives.
In another tweet on Wednesday, May 27, he promised to regulate the platforms or even close them down.
Reacting to President Trump's tweet, Zuckerberg said that any attempt by the US president or the federal government to censor social media companies isn’t “the right reflex."
In another report, the Nigerian government has dismissed the claim by the US president, Trump, on the use of hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug, to prevent COVID-19.
Both the health minister, Osagie Ehanire and the director-general of the NCDC, Chikwelugo Ihekweazu, on Tuesday, May 19, warned Nigerians not to listen to the US president’s claims on hydroxychloroquine.
Ehanire said though the presidential task force on COVID-19 was carrying out a study on the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine, the medicine had not been approved for the treatment of the virus.
He warned Nigerians not to engage in self-medication, noting that the hydroxychloroquine should only be taken based on doctor’s prescription.
“About hydroxychloroquine; first, we do not at any time and in any way support self-medication and if you heard that any person is taking medication of any type, it is obviously something prescribed by his doctor," the minister said.
“There are medicines that normally shouldn’t be in your hands unless it was prescribed by a doctor. There are medicines called OTC, over the counter, you can buy it yourself, it can be panadol, aspirin, any kind of rubs, anything for cough. "
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