Donald Trump has a new strange bedfellow.
Of course, this is just a hoax, and Mark Zuckerberg is just saying this to give the impression that the entirety of the tech industry is not in lockstep on the censorship agenda. He’s also of course attempting to protect himself – though I seriously doubt he is legitimately concerned that Trump is going to do something.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has called out Twitter for attaching a fact check to a tweet from President Trump, telling Fox News’ Dana Perino that privately-owned digital platforms should not act as the “arbiter of truth.”
“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 made the comment after President Trump warned social media giants that the federal government could “strongly regulate” or “close them down” if they continue to “silence conservative voices.”
This was the first time that Twitter had ever done a “fact check” on the president, and it was really a bizarre choice of a place to pull this. I mean, it is bizarre no matter what, but in these tweets, Trump was speculating about future events, and speculation is never going to be in the realm of “fact,” per se.
His speculation is in line with what anyone would expect to happen, and he was accurate in stating that at least the plan would be to mail out ballots to everyone in the state. So that is a much larger number of ballots than the typical percentage of people who vote in a presidential election, which in 2016 was just over 60%.
It would just be crazy to try to suggest that there isn’t room for fraud here. The scenario outlined by Trump, where people who wouldn’t otherwise vote are told by political operatives how to fill out the voter card, hardly seems like a crazy speculation.
But again, it is speculation. The only way to “fact check” this would be with a time machine, or perhaps a prophet. They just cited CNN and WaPo and said mail-in ballot fraud is “very rare.”
“Very rare” is not especially specific language. Based on this report from the Heritage Foundation, which lists a whole lot of instances of cases where people have been caught engaging in various types of voter fraud in recent years, I think it would be fair to describe mail-in ballot voter fraud as “relatively common.”
But again, choices about that kind of terminology, predictions, speculation – none of this is “facts.”
Again, the real issue is the move for Twitter to get involved on any level with deciding what is true and what isn’t, but the arbitrary nature of this decision to attach the warning to this specific tweet thread is really astonishing.
If speculation about future events can be fact-checked, then I would request that these tweets of Trump be fact-checked:
….Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2020
In fact, I went ahead and fact-checked them myself, and Twitter is welcome to use my material here in their page on how false and inaccurate these tweets are:
Maybe he’ll do something. Who knows. Cases of him doing something are very rare.
Tucker Carlson stated point blank that the White House has the ability to do something about this, and that is obvious.