Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook will take down “misinformation” posted on their social media platform.
May 21, 2020
In an interview with the BBC, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the social media website will take down any “misinformation” posted on their platform, especially on 5G network and the coronavirus.
“Things like saying that something is a proven cure for the virus when in fact it isn’t, we will take that down,” Zuckerberg said.
With regards to what role Facebook plays in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the 36-year old billionaire says they have a plan that covers three main areas.
“One is responding to the acute health crisis. Second is helping people stay connected with the people they care about, and then the third area is on economic recovery,” he said, while acknowledging that many small businesses and millions of people are struggling economically.
Zuckerberg also claimed that Facebook is trying to do anything “to help small business survive.”
The BBC reporter asked “if some crazy person decided to start telling people to – I don’t know – drink or inject bleach or saying that Colloidal silver would be a good way of keeping the virus at bay, what is the Facebook algorithm’s response to that?”
Zuckerberg replied that such posts will be removed from the platform. “Things like saying that something is a proven cure for the virus when in fact it isn’t, we will take that down.”
The same rule also applies to conspiracies circulating around the Internet that 5G — a new network designed to connect virtually everyone and everything together including machines, equipment, and devices – has caused the coronavirus.
However, some see this as an excuse to further suppress free speech. In the past, public figures like Milo Yiannopoulous, Alex Jones and Louis Farrakhan have been banned from the social media website for making controversial statements.
Conservatives in particular feel that they are being discriminated against.
This week, Facebook has decided to limit PragerU’s reach over a video they posted that stated that the polar bear population is at its highest in over 50 years, and that polar bears are actually thriving even in regions where sea ice is melting.
Two years ago, Facebook apologized to PragerU after being accused of censoring their videos, claiming it was a mistake.
That same year, President Donald Trump tweeted: “Social Media is totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices. Speaking loudly and clearly for the Trump Administration, we won’t let that happen. They are closing down the opinions of many people on the RIGHT, while at the same time doing nothing to others.”
Social Media is totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices. Speaking loudly and clearly for the Trump Administration, we won’t let that happen. They are closing down the opinions of many people on the RIGHT, while at the same time doing nothing to others…….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 18, 2018